FDA Approves Tool for Diagnosing Dementia in a Doctor's Office
Monday, August 10, 2015
Dr. Charles Duffy
A small company started by a neuroscientist at the University of Rochester has moved closer to providing doctors with what he says is a simple,
computer-based tool to help detect early signs of Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia.
Cerebral Assessment Systems has received marketing approval from the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Cognivue, a cognitive-assessment tool that functions somewhat like a video game. A patient can perform the
inexpensive and simple test while a time-strapped primary-care physician tends to other patients. The 10-minute, non–invasive examination can detect
subtle lapses in the brain’s perceptual ability that may signal the early stages of mental decline caused by dementia.
The federal government's approval to market the device comes as Alzheimer's researchers everywhere step up the pursuit for easier and more
inexpensive ways to identify dementia in its earliest stages.
Look, there is a late-life tsunami of late-life cognitive decline coming at us, and health-care providers are standing on the beach,
said Charles J. Duffy, a neurology professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center who
founded the company.
What we are all about is making cognitive care part of primary care.
Read the article from the Washington Post.
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