Brain Imaging and Neuropsychological Identification of Dementia of the Alzheimer’s Type

  • Richard I. Naugle
  • Erin D. Bigler
Part of the Critical Issues in Neuropsychology book series (CINP)

Abstract

This chapter reviews the neuropathology and neuropsychological concomitants of dementia of the Alzheimer’s type (DAT) and the nature of the degenerative changes as visualized on computerized tomography (CT) scanning and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Efforts to quantify CT scan results formally and objectively and to determine the nature of the relationship between the morphological changes and neuropsychological deficit patterns are reviewed. The frequent practice of dichotomizing DAT patients into presenile and senile groups is presented as well as more recent attempts to uncover distinct clusters or subgroups among the heterogeneous population of affected patients.

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Depression Dementia Shrinkage Assure Neurol 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard I. Naugle
    • 1
  • Erin D. Bigler
    • 2
  1. 1.Section of Neuropsychology, Department of PsychiatryCleveland Clinic FoundationClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Austin Neurological Clinic and Department of PsychologyUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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