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Alzheimer's disease now can be diagnosed using virtual reality

Researchers at London University College have explored the possibility of using virtual reality technologies for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease before it develops into a severe form of dementia, Inc. magazine writes.
Alzheimer's disease now can be diagnosed using virtual reality

The current challenge for scientists is to combine laboratory research with cognitive tests that would make it possible to diagnose a disease years before the patient develops dementia. From a neurological point of view, it appears to originate in the part of the brain that is responsible for orientation in space.

“We tried to make the diagnostic process as comfortable as possible,” said Coco Newton, BSc, research fellow at London University College. With virtual reality glasses on you find yourself in a space that is a natural landscape, where the fields, mountains and pine trees are. “The task is to move through space following the marked points, and then, when these points disappear, find your way back,” explains Andrea Castegnaro, BA, Research Associate.

The results of such a test are not affected by language knowledge, level of education or cultural characteristics, as we all know how to navigate the terrain. Dennis Chan, Senior Researcher, PhD, said: “It is these differences that cause a certain level of discrimination in conventional testing. Therefore, we thought about creating a diagnostic method that would eliminate these factors.”

Source: https://incrussia.ru/news/bolezn-altsgejmera-i-dementsiyu-nachali-diagnostirovat-s-pomoshhyu-virtualnoj-realnosti/

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