Neuroimaging referral for dementia diagnosis: The specialist's perspective in Ireland

Dementia remains underdiagnosed and neuroimaging is acknowledged as a key step in the diagnosis process. It is used to rule out other causes, establish differential diagnosis and dementia sub type. Ciblis et al. (2015) surveyed geriatricians, old age psychiatrists and neurologists to explore their perspectives on access to neuroimaging for dementia diagnosis in Ireland When it came to how specialists felt about the proficiency of diagnosis in their Health Service Executive region, nearly half of respondents rated this as fair or poor, while most rated neuroimaging as important or very important. Although all participants reported having access to CT and most to MRI, two thirds did not have access to other modalities they would like to use, such as PET and SPECT. Respondents reported confidence in selection of the appropriate modality and in understanding neuroimaging in dementia. However responses reflected a lack of awareness of dementia specific protocols and of the use of any guidelines so that the authors comment on the need for national guidelines, standardisation of protocols and training.
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Neuroimaging referral for dementia diagnosis: The specialist's perspective in Ireland
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2015
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Ciblis, A.S., Butler, M.L., Bokde, A.L., Mullins, P.G., O'Neill, D. and McNulty, J.P., 2015. Neuroimaging referral for dementia diagnosis: The specialist's perspective in Ireland. Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring, 1(1), pp.41-47.