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Head-to-head comparison of cerebral blood flow single-photon emission computed tomography and F-18-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose positron emission tomography in the diagnosis of Alzheimer disease

David P Nadebaum, Natasha Krishnadas, Aurora MT Poon, Victor Kalff, Meir Lichtenstein, Victor L Villemagne, Gareth Jones, Christopher C Rowe



BACKGROUND: Clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer disease (AD) is only 70% accurate. Reduced cerebral blood flow (CBF) and metabolism in parieto-temporal and posterior cingulate cortex may assist diagnosis. While widely accepted that 18 F-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose positron emission tomography (18 F-FDG PET) has superior accuracy to CBF-SPECT for AD, there are very limited head-to-head data from clinically relevant populations and these studies relied on clinical diagnosis as the reference standard. AIMS: To compare directly the accuracy of CBF-SPECT and 18 F-FDG PET in patients referred for diagnostic studies in detecting β-amyloid PET confirmed AD. METHODS: A total of 126 patients, 56% with mild cogn..

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