Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

By Team Beller | Alzheimer's

Feb 07

There is no urine or blood test for diagnosing Alzheimer's. Further complicating matters, several other dementias and diseases exhibit similar symptoms, especially in beginning stages. 

Doctors must work through a process of elimination. When they eliminate other possible causes for symptoms, and reach the full criteria for Alzheimer's, they make a diagnosis. However, it might take a while to reach a correct diagnosis. 

Neurologists conduct the following tests and examinations when diagnosing Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer's Diagnosis Examinations & Tests

  • Gather medical history.
  • Physical examination to determine current health status.
  • Neurological tests
  • Blood tests
  • Chest X-Ray
  • Computed Tomography Scan (CT or CAT scan)
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Genetic Testing
  • Lumbar Puncture (Spinal Tap) 
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Neuropsychological Testing
  • Urinalysis

To learn more about Alzheimer's diagnosis, please refer to Alzheimer's Diagnosis

Alzheimer's Disease Series, books 1-6