Future Diagnostic Options for Alzheimer’s, MCI, and Brain Injuries

With the increasing waves of people at risk for Alzheimer’s and Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), the health care industry is grappling with how to provide cognitive diagnostic tools that are easy to administer in a doctor’s office or health clinic, and do not require invasive procedures.

Baseline cognitive assessments for memory are an obvious first step.  Re-testing in subsequent years can identify early signs of cognitive impairment that may lead to Alzheimer’s.

Portable EEG monitoring, in conjunction with cognitive testing, is also a promising (and non-invasive) diagnostic avenue.  NeuroVigil, a technology startup, has developed a wireless EEG monitoring solution called iBrain.  Originally developed for sleep disorders, iBrain has the potential to be used for a wider range of cognitive testing, including Alzheimer’s, MCI, and brain injuries.

This kind of portable cognitive monitoring will eventually be available at a consumer level — imagine walking into Best Buy to purchase a personal wireless brain monitor, maybe packaged with the latest memory assessment and cognitive training software!