As a participant you will be asked to come to a local clinic site to:
1. Complete a series of questionnaires and assessments
- A series of questionnaires, such as family history, current medications, health history, and a variety of memory and thinking tests.
2. And/or receive a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan
- An MRI is an electronic picture of your brain created using a strong magnet instead of x-ray energy. You will lie on your back on a narrow bed which will then be placed in the MRI machine (a tunnel that is 6 feet long by 22 inches wide and open at both ends). You will need to lie there quietly for about 15 minutes, during which time there will be a series of loud knocking/banging noises. You may feel warm during this procedure. People with pacemakers, aneurysm clips, implantable hearing aids, sometimes called cochlear implants, or certain other metal /foreign objects in the body are not be permitted to do MRI studies
3. And/or receive a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan
- A PET scan is another type of scan that takes pictures of your brain using a radioactive tracer called florbetapir which is injected into your arm. About 50 minutes following the injection, you will be place int the scanner. During the PET scan procedure, you will lie quietly on a small table while the camera around you takes pictures of your brain. A physician or technologist conducting the scan will be in communication with you.