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Imaging Exposes Alzheimer's-Like Plaque in the Human Brain

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - BOSTON, March 12 -- Beta-amyloid plaques in the brains of people with Alzheimer's type dementia can be spotted with the aid of the imaging agent Pittsburgh Compound B, researchers here determined.

The distribution of amyloid plaques seen on positron emission tomography imaging with the tracer compound closely correlated with that discovered post-mortem in a 76-year-old man with Lewy body dementia, reported Brian J. Bacskai, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues.

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