Could Retinal Imaging Help Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease Earlier?

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Discoveries, Fall 2010

The nerve cell-damaging plaque that builds up in the brain with Alzheimer’s disease also builds up in the retinas of the eyes—and it shows up there earlier. This hallmark discovery could lead to earlier diagnosis, intervention, and monitoring of the disease, according to new research conducted by a team of scientists in Cedars-Sinai’s Department of Neurosurgery in collaboration with the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and the University of Southern California.