A new study has shown that brain scans powered by artificial intelligence can allow doctors to detect dementia within a day.
Based on the preliminary study conducted by the University of Cambridge it was learned that a new algorithm can rapidly spot signs from a scan.
It was learned that at the moment, a person only gets diagnosed with dementia after several scans and consultations with experts and the process can take several months.
To further verify the result of the initial trial, a formal study is now being set up with around 500 patients at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge and other memory clinics across the country.
The researchers explained that the AI compares brain scans of people who think they may have dementia with brain images of people who have already been diagnosed with the condition.
An algorithm is used to detect subtle patterns in the scans that are often missed by even expert neurologists.
Meanwhile, the latest data state that more than 850,000 people in the UK are thought to have dementia, with the condition affecting one in 14 people over the age of 65, and one in six people aged over 80.
The Alzheimer’s Research UK also reveals that predictions from 2014 estimated that one million people in the UK will have dementia by 2025, doubling to two million by 2050.