What we do
About our project
Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may support dementia diagnosis, but detecting early abnormalities visually and distinguishing these from normal aging remains difficult. Quantitative normative assessment of MRI may be more sensitive to abnormalities and enables comparison of individual patients’ brain volumes to reference data from a healthy aging population. By comparing such normative quantification to routine visual assessment, we aim to investigate whether it facilitates earlier and more accurate diagnosis of dementia, and what its impact is on diagnostic confidence. Additionally, we are exploring options to introduce quantitative assessment in memory clinics in the greater Rotterdam region.
Diagnostic MRI for dementia varies considerably between memory clinics in the greater Rotterdam region, rendering new MRI-scans necessary when patients are referred. We aim to standardize MRI-protocols in the region, so scans can be exchanged instead of having to be repeated. At the same time, at the Alzheimer Center Erasmus MC, we have introduced quantitative assessment of MRI in addition to routine visual assessment for diagnosis of dementia, as this is more sensitive to subtle abnormalities and less dependent on reader experience. Regional standardization of MRI protocols will eventually make quantitative assessment possible in all hospitals in the region.
Our research focus
Quantitative neuroimaging in dementia
This work focuses on the application of quantitative MRI for dementia, both within the clinical setting of the Alzheimer Center Erasmus MC as well as the population neuroimaging research line of the Rotterdam Study, with the ultimate goal to build a bridge between these fields. Therefore we investigate how population-based imaging information can facilitate the imaging diagnosis of dementia. Through implementation in Quantib™ ND Radiology Software, this project specifically assesses the value of using reference data derived from the Rotterdam Study to compare MRI data from individual dementia patients in the Alzheimer Center Erasmus MC to.
Funds & Grants
Outside Erasmus MC
Karlijn de Visser