BOSTON (AP) — New research boosts the “use it or lose it” theory about brainpower and staying mentally sharp. People who delay retirement have less risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, a study of nearly half a million people in France found.

About 35 million people worldwide have dementia, and Alzheimer’s is the most common type. In the U.S., about 5 million have Alzheimer’s — 1 in 9 people aged 65 and over. What causes the mind-robbing disease isn’t known and there is no cure or any treatments that slow its progression.

Although there is no cure, like many other diseases, diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease at its earliest stages often gives someone an opportunity to begin therapies earlier that could improve the quality of life. In the area of radiology, the imaging technique most often utilized to confirm or rule out an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis is a Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography exam known as a PET/CT scan.

Capitol Imaging Services is the largest independent radiology practice of its type serving the Southeastern United States. Not only do we perform the scan, such as PET/CT, we also provide the radiology expertise to review test images and issue critical findings to physicians and other healthcare providers.

Our full-service imaging technology suite includes standard imaging such as x-rays, mammograms, ultrasound and bone density (DEXA) exams. In addition, we offer advanced imaging in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), CT and nuclear medicine, as well as specialty imaging such as fluoroscopy, angiography and arthrography.

In being independent, Capitol Imaging Services often will reduce out of pocket expenses for people undergoing exams. For those with unfulfilled health insurance deductibles, that’s a major financial advantage. And, this advantage is enjoyed without sacrificing testing quality, reporting, or radiological expertise.

Capitol Imaging Services also served as the 2021 state-wide sponsor for the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Louisiana. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to fight Alzheimer’s.

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