Science Prize for software that helps detect dementia

News - 15 June 2017

Diagnosing dementia long before a patient has any complaints. Meike Vernooij and Wiro Niessen (ImPhys) received the Anthony Fokker Prize, one of the three Dutch Data Science Awards this week, for new software that hopefully contributes to this goal.

Vernooij and Wiro Niessen, professor of medical imaging, analyzed MRI scans of healthy people and people with dementia, which were collected by Erasmus MC during the past 15 years. Advanced Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia can be seen on the photos. Beginning dementia can not be discerned with the naked eye. The analysis software of Niessens group can detect these minimal developments. The program looks at each brain lobe and calculates brain content. By comparing scans from different periods, the progression of the disease becomes visible. Shrinkage may indicate dementia.

Read the complete article on the website of Trouw (Dutch).

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