Visualization of amyloid spots with MRI

In April 2005, Takaomi Saidou(西道 隆臣), Team Leader of the Nerve Protein Control Research group of RIKEN Brain Science Synthesis Research Center, and Dojindo Molecular Technologies, Inc.(同仁化学研究所) conducted an experiment on mice that led to the visualization of amyloid spots by MRI. With this discovery, diagnosis of the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease and its advancement were made possible.

At present, excessive accumulation of β amyloid protein can only be confirmed through postmortem tests. If accumulation of theβ amyloid protein is identified in a patient when he or she is alive, the development to prevent neuronal cells from dying rapidly is possible.