Dementia testing trials to be held in south London

07:46 05 November 2012

2010 Getty Images

Camberwell’s Maudsley Hospital will play host to a new Government-backed medical trial that is said to slash the time it takes to diagnose dementia from 18 months to just three.

The new digital diagnosis system, which will be piloted on 200 patients at the hospital - and one other trust - early next year, combines computer-based tests of memory and thinking with computerised analysis of MRI brain scans.

Under the process, GPs carry out initial memory tests using iPad-compatible software that differentiates between patients with normal and abnormal memory in ten minutes.

London-based medical imaging company IXICO and Cambridge Cognition, a neuropsychological test developer, are behind the new technology along with university experts.

Those who need further investigation are then sent to a specialist brain health centre where brain scans and more detailed computer tests are carried out using a specially-designed programme.

The Prime Minister is expected to announce the launch of the pilot scheme at an event later this week, according to reports.

Professor Alistair Burns, the national clinical director for dementia, said: “I am very impressed by the brain health centre project which has the real potential to contribute to making the UK a world leader in dementia care by raising diagnosis rates - a key ambition of the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge.

“Combining innovative technologies in this way should help us to spot early signs of dementia, giving us time to offer patients better support and care.”

Jeremy Hughes, the chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “There are 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK, but fewer than half of people with the condition have a diagnosis.

“As numbers double and costs soar, developing new and earlier ways of diagnosing the condition is imperative.

“This technology could potentially reduce the time people need to wait for a diagnosis significantly.”

The illness affects one in three people over 65 years old, with current figures showing 670,000 people have dementia in England. But this number is set to double in the next 30 years.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

The Roar singer is known for her off-the-wall fashion sense.

Read more

The Argentina star is set to go the way of Olly Murs.

Read more

500 clowns embarked upon Mexico City with the hope that their laughter would be infectious.

Read more

Promotions

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

Dojo gives you hand picked recommendations for events, places and activities in London

Tired of always hearing about some amazing event in London after its gone, missing out on the best activities? That’s where Dojo comes in.

The family to which Ebola belongs could be as old as 23 million years.

The gaming industry’s answer to the Oscars has dished out its annual awards.

Potential female candidates are already being prepared for the upcoming diocese vacancies in Southwell, Nottingham, Gloucester and Oxford.

Watch the moment the Shadow Chancellor got interrupted by a daring arachnid.

TOP Stories

Yesterday, 17:48
The man stole the bus from south-east London (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

A double decker bus was stolen and taken for a rather long drive in south-east London, through picturesque villages, before being dumped in a bus stop - with £500 worth of damage.

Yesterday, 14:24
The 91-year-old gave the cyclist a wallop

After Baroness Sharples bragged about walloping a cyclist, London24’s cycling blogger AViewOfLondon has this to say...

Yesterday, 14:03
Police are keen to talk to this man who was seen leaving the building at around the time of the assault [Photograph from Metropolitan Police]

Police are hunting a pervert who pretended he was a plumber before sexually assaulting a schoolgirl in a Bethnal Green flat.

London Bloggers

Yesterday, 14:24
The 91-year-old gave the cyclist a wallop

After Baroness Sharples bragged about walloping a cyclist, London24’s cycling blogger AViewOfLondon has this to say...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The cast, including Josie Lawrence and Mike Myers

Simon Collins catches up with the improv impresarios, who despite being the world’s longest-running comedy show with the same cast, have lost none of the razor-sharp wit:

Monday, September 1, 2014
Do you really need an explanation for that?! (Pic by Serena Marinelli)

If you’ve ever seen an Italian movie, you would probably know how important body language is in the culture.