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February 27, 2002

Usefulness of Positron Emission Tomography in Evaluating Dementia

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor


Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002

JAMA. 2002;287(8):985-987. doi:10.1001/jama.287.8.983

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.

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