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Diagnosis

Murielbow

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Nov 25, 2020
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Hello, I am new to this. My husband has just had the diagnosis of “probable dementia in Alzheimer’s disease” Can someone please advise, does this mean he has both? Also his CT scan was inconclusive, can you tell me if having an MRI or a PECT will help find anything? Thank you
 

canary

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Feb 25, 2014
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Hello @Murielbow and welcome to DTP.

Alzheimers is a type of dementia. There are lots of different types of dementia and Alzheimers is just one of them. The way the diagnosis is worded is not very clear, but seems to be saying that he probably has Alzheimers.

CT scans are not very detailed and unless the dementia is very advanced will often not pick it up. Most people with suspected dementia have an MRI which will pick up much more detail. A PET or a SPECT scan are much more specialised and are only rarely needed, but are sometimes used if the MRI is negative, especially if they think the frontal lobes may be involved.

Has the doctor who gave this diagnosis advised a different scan?
 

Murielbow

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Nov 25, 2020
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No they haven’t but we see the psychiatrist shortly and I want request a different scan for better diagnosis. Thank you for your reply.