Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Dr Silverman and colleagues1 found that positron emission tomography (PET) may
predict progressive dementia and also establish a diagnosis of Alzheimer disease
(AD). Although the results suggested that PET could be superior to clinical
examination diagnosing AD, the analysis fails to answer several questions
about the appropriate role for PET in the clinical decision-making process.
Rutschmann OT, Matchar DB. Usefulness of Positron Emission Tomography in Evaluating Dementia. JAMA. 2002;287(8):985-987. doi:10.1001/jama.287.8.983