Ventricular Size in Patients With Presenile Dementia of the Alzheimer's Type

Marilyn Albert, Margaret A. Naeser, Harvey L. Levine, Arthur J. Garvey

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The computed tomograms (CTs) of eight mild to moderately impaired patients with presenile dementia of Alzheimer's type (aged 53 to 64 years) were compared with scans of ten healthy age-matched controls. Two computer programs and a variety of linear measurements were used to analyze the CTs. A single computerized measure of fluid volume on the slice at the maximum width of the bodies of the lateral ventricles correctly predicts the group membership of 88.89% of the subjects. Computerized measures on other CT slices do not increase discrimination between the groups. Easily performed linear measures correctly predict the group membership of 78.9% of the subjects. Computerized measures of ventricular size may provide highly valuable information for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease in the presenile age range.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1258-1263
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of neurology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology


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