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Pre-Dementia Treatment

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Dementia

Dementia is a general term used by the medical community to diagnose cognitive decline that is serious enough to interfere with a persons daily life.

Dementia is often incorrectly assumed to be a given part of advanced age, this widespread belief is incorrect serious cognitive decline is not associated with aging.

Causes

Dementia is caused by damage to different brain regions.  As this damage occurs areas of the brain that are supposed to communicate are unable to do so. At Cognitive FX, our advanced fNCI technology allows use to analyze over sixty different brain regions.  This scan reveals what areas have gone into decline and allows use to customize our therapy for each individual.

While most changes to the brain associated with dementia are permanent and decline over time, treatment and medication have been shown to slow this decline.

By slowing the cognitive decline, the patient is able to function normally for a longer period of time.  Some dementia conditions may improve if they are a result of the following:

  • Depression
  • Thyroid Problem
  • Vitamin Deficiencies
  • Medication Side Effects

Diagnosis

There are many different tests that can determine if an individual is suffering from dementia.  The differences between these tests are the granularity of data that is created. While there is still much we are learning about the brain, we know there are activities we can do to help support the brain. One of our NeruoScience practitioners reviews each patient’s medical history and determines if a physical examination is necessary to determine if a patient has dementia. The brain imaging will validate this diagnosis, and help our team to create a unique individual treatment plan for each patient that is pre-dementia.

Brain Imaging

Neuroimaging is the most promising technique for early detection of dementia.

 The MRI at Cognitive FX can provide structural images of the brain  and the fNCI can provide functional images, measuring where the brain is working.

A structural image can reveal the size of the brain, and research has shown that the people with dementia have shrinkage in specific brain regions. The functional images can show the level of activity in regions of the brain and research shows certain areas of the brain decline in activity when a person has dementia.

Cognitive FX Difference

At Cognitive FX we are able to provide both structural and functional images that empower a multi-disciplinary team of experienced clinicians to aid in diagnosis and treatment. With a proprietary fNCI scan doctors are able to know exact regions that are impaired and customize the treatment accordingly.