Artificial intelligence can detect Alzheimer's disease in brain scans six years before a diagnosis
January 3, 2019 by Dana Smith, University of California, San Francisco

Using a common type of brain scan, researchers programmed a machine-learning algorithm to diagnose early-stage Alzheimer's disease about six years before a clinical diagnosis is made potentially giving doctors a chance to intervene with treatment.

No cure exists for Alzheimer's disease, but promising drugs have emerged in recent years that can help stem the condition's progression. However, these treatments must be administered early in the course of the disease in order to do any good. This race against the clock has inspired scientists to search for ways to diagnose the condition earlier...