What Kinds Of Tests Should I Expect From My Doctor To Determine Whether I Have Alzheimer's Disease?

Rudolph Tanzi answers the question: 'Which Tests Diagnose Alzheimer's?'

May 4, 2009 -- Question: What kinds of tests should I expect from my doctor to determine whether I have Alzheimer's disease?

Answer: Today, the most reliable test for Alzheimer's disease requires cognitive testing -- questions and answers between the patient and doctor to assess their ability for learning and memory. However, one can also add on certain genetic tests and imaging to increase the odds of a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. It should be said that there is no guarantee for a diagnosis of Alzheimer's until one sees certain pathology in the brain upon autopsy.

This is why a combination of cognitive testing, genetic testing and imaging is our best odds for giving a reliable diagnosis of dementia due to Alzheimer's disease.