Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Dr Silverman and colleagues1 reported that PET scan results were predictive
of progression of dementia.Dementia has important psychological and neurological
components. Labeling by means of advanced technology may exacerbate cognitive
decline, confuse the search for reversible causes of dementia, and serve as
"objective" evidence to deprive patients of their independence inappropriately.
Seidenwurm D. Usefulness of Positron Emission Tomography in Evaluating Dementia. JAMA. 2002;287(8):985-987. doi:10.1001/jama.287.8.983