Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

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