10 Minute DECTECt test for Alzheimers

Christina Crouch - Jan 21, 2008

Alzheimer’s effects many people whether it’s those who have it or those who have loved ones who do. Georgia Tech and Emory have developed a new and quicker way to detect early signs of Alzheimer’s and aside from being useful it looks like fun virtual toy!

The pen-and-paper test of the past took 90 minutes to finish but worked extremely well at detecting the early signs of the disease, the DETECT system only takes 10 minutes and has about the same accuracy. The DETECT system uses an LCD visor, on-board computer, headphones and a controller to administer the test. The device measures the user’s reaction time and memory capabilities through audio and visual tests.

Zenda Technologies, the official company from the creators, plan to commercialize the product but they don’t say when. I, for one, think this is a wonderful way to incorporate some “gaming tech” into medical advancements.

Portable Device Quickly Detects Early Alzheimer’s [via Engadget]

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