New iPad App Aids Dementia Diagnosis in UK

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A new iPad app undergoing testing in a UK government-backed trial is showing promising results in the effort to reduce the prevalence of undiagnosed dementia. The app administers memory tests that are able to differentiate between normal and abnormal memory patterns in patients within minutes. Patients with abnormal results are referred for MRI imaging tests which are analyzed by specialized computers.

"Combining innovative technologies in this way should help us to spot early signs of dementia, giving us time to offer patients better support and care." – Jeremy Hughes – Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Society.

Developers estimate that if the program is rolled out nationally, diagnosis rates will climb as high as the national target of 80 percent (of total dementia sufferers). Currently fewer than half of the estimated 800,000 people living in the UK with dementia have a formal diagnosis.

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