- A Lithuanian team has created an AI-powered algorithm that can detect early Alzheimer’s with 99% accuracy
- Researchers hope this can be turned into software that doctors around the world can use to scan patients
- More than six million Americans have Alzheimer’s, most of whom are older than 65
- There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s and not many treatments have been found to be effective.
A new artificial intelligence and deep learning technology may be able to detect early Alzheimer’s with near-perfect accuracy rates.
A team from Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) in Lithuania created the analysis method, which they believe has more than 99 percent accuracy.
This method operates much faster than analyzing and identifying the symptoms of a person’s condition.
If good as advertised, the AI-powered method will change the way Alzheimer’s is diagnosed and could help clinicians detect it earlier and more accurately – allowing potential treatment to begin even earlier. .
A Lithuanian team of researchers has developed an algorithm that can detect early Alzheimer’s cases with 99% accuracy (file photo)
More than six million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, and most are over the age of 65. (file photo).
How to Detect Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys memory, thinking skills, and the ability to perform simple tasks.
IT is the cause of 60% to 70% of dementia cases.
Most people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older
More than six million Americans have Alzheimer’s.
It is unknown what causes Alzheimer’s. People who have the APOE gene are more likely to develop late-onset Alzheimer’s.
Signs and symptoms:
- Difficulty remembering newly learned information
- mood and behavior changes
- Suspicion about family, friends, and professional caregivers
- more severe memory loss
- Difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking
Stages of Alzheimer’s:
- Mild Alzheimer’s (early stage) – a person may be able to function independently but memory is declining
- Moderate Alzheimer’s (mid-stage) – usually the longest stage, the person may confuse words, become frustrated or angry, or have sudden behavioral changes
- Severe Alzheimer’s disease (late stage) – in the late stage, individuals lose the ability to respond to their environment, continue to interact and, eventually, control movement.
“Medical professionals around the world strive to raise awareness of early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, which provides those affected with a better chance of benefiting from treatment,” said Rytis Maskelinas, a researcher at KTU. euro news About the findings, which were published in Diagnostics.
He said the algorithm’s accuracy is promising, but his team will do more to gather more data on how to improve their system.
“Obviously, such high numbers are not indicative of actual real-life performance, but we are working with medical institutions to get more data,” he said.
‘We need to make the most of the data. That’s why our research group is focused on European open science theory, so anyone can use our knowledge and develop it further.
‘I believe that this principle contributes greatly to social advancement.’
The researchers believe they can turn their algorithm into software that clinicians around the world can use.
Patients who are at high risk of this condition, or are showing symptoms, can be scanned using their system and whether they are suffering from this condition or not can be detected early.
They caution that their algorithm simply cannot completely replace doctors.
‘Technologies could make medicine more accessible and cheaper.
“While they will never (or at least not soon) really replace the medical professional, the technologies may encourage timely diagnosis and seeking help,” Muskellyunas said.
‘Although there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s or dementia, early detection may still be important.’
Knowing that a person has Alzheimer’s or dementia can help them plan ahead for life with the condition.
They can plan ahead for the future as their condition worsens, and a system is put in place to care for them as they cognitively decline.
There are also some medications and cognitive therapies that may be able to slow the conditions.
A person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s – the leading cause of dementia – will have their brain shrink over time.
The condition affects more than six million Americans, most of whom are 65 or older.
What exactly causes Alzheimer’s is unknown, although scientists believe there is a genetic component to developing the disease.