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New scanning technique unveiled

26 Mar 2001

esearchers in Glasgow have used a new scanning technique to diagnose epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, dementia and other brain disorders.

The machine, an Evoked Related Potential, uses a 'hairnet' of 128 small pads that monitor brain activity when the patient is asked to perform simple tasks or recognise words or images. By comparing the results from tests on healthy individuals, differences can be pin-pointed and treatment for conditions can be started.

The device was invented by Dr Alan Hughes, from the Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Primary Care Trust, and Diagnostic Potentials, a company created by Glasgow University.

In tests, a group of 50 people aged 65 or over who had shown no sign of dementia or a very little sign of it, were tested. Of the group, 18 people diagnosed with forms of early dementia and treatments were then started to slow the condition..