What artificial intelligence can do for Alzheimer’s disease? ~ Domenico Pratico, MD, FCPP

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Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disorder with a tremendous socio-economic impact worldwide. The past decade has witnessed significant strides in comprehending the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms and developing diagnostics for the disease. For instance, current neuroimaging techniques, including positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, have revolutionized the field by providing valuable insights into the structural and functional alterations in the brains of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. These imaging modalities enable the detection of early biomarkers such as amyloid-β plaques and tau protein tangles in the brain, facilitating early and precise diagnosis. Furthermore, the emerging technologies encompassing blood-based biomarkers and neurochemical profiling exhibit promising results in the identification of specific molecular signatures for Alzheimer’s disease at its earliest stages.
Interestingly, today advancements in diverse computational technologies, including artificial intelligence and deep learning, are offering new hope for the development of superior diagnostic approaches in medical areas related to imaging, including in the field of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. Regarding Alzheimer’s disease, the integration of machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence tools has enhanced the predictive capacity of most of these imaging diagnostic means particularly when analyzing complex datasets that typically characterize them. To this end, we are witnessing a silent revolution since currently some of the most used diagnostic imaging approaches in neurodegeneration research are being combined with these new tools of machine learning and artificial intelligence. This fact emphasizes the new notion about their useful application in the realm of Alzheimer’s disease diagnostic.
There is no doubt that these advancements hold immense potential not only for early detection but also for intervention strategies, thereby paving the way for personalized therapeutic opportunities and ultimately augmenting the quality of life for individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Overall, these recent technical approaches have opened new possibilities for analyzing complex neuroimaging data and extracting valuable insights that would normally take a long time in a much shorter time. By utilizing artificial intelligence algorithms, researchers have been able to explore and identify neuroimaging biomarkers that unravel the underlying pathology and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. This integration enables the accurate detection and classification of the disease, providing early diagnostic information and aiding in the understanding of disease mechanisms. Additionally, artificial intelligence-driven neuroimaging techniques have the potential to improve prediction models for disease progression and facilitate personalized treatment strategies.
In summary, the synergistic combination of artificial intelligence with neuroimaging approaches holds immense promise in transforming our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and has the potential to advance the development of improved diagnostic tools and therapy. Although challenges persist in finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, the advent of artificial intelligence methodologies and techniques in aid of neuroimaging diagnostic advancements offer optimism for enhanced disease management and a better comprehensive support for individuals affected by the disease.
Domenico Praticò, MD, is the Scott Richards North Star Charitable Foundation Chair for Alzheimer’s Research, Professor and Director of the Alzheimer’s Center at Temple, and Professor of Pharmacology at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
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