Researchers have recently used brain scanning technology to capture brain lesions associated with alzheimer’s disease in animal model.  Apparently using the MRI scans, researchers were able to visualize distinct signal voids.  These voids are basically black spots that are located in a number of brain areas including the hippocampus.  The hippocampus is a brain area that is critical for the normal functioning of a person’s memory.  So this is the first time that researchers were able to visualize alzheimer’s disease by brain scans in an animal model.

Eventually this may mean that doctors will be able to detect alzheimer’s disease early on in humans.

“As we search for ways to identify Alzheimer’s early, these MRI studies show that researchers are moving closer to accurate early detection of the disease, and that we may soon be able to use this technology to determine who is at greater risk,” Thies added.

Detection of the disease process this early might allow for more preventative measures to be undertaken. Eventually new alzhiemer’s drugs may be able to slow the disease process.

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