Transcranial Ultrasound as Therapy for Patients with Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
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AbstractAlzheimer's disease is a progressive disorder that can affect cognitive and mental functions, and is the most common form of dementia. In upcoming years, the number of people expected to get Alzheimer's disease is expected to increase significantly due to so-called 'baby boomers' reaching advanced age. Clinical trials regarding dementia are critical in advancing Alzheimer's therapy, but drugs have been ineffective thus far. Rather than drugs, non-invasive brain stimulation techniques have had encouraging results. In animals, low to moderate transcranial ultrasound ('TUS') improves memory, and in humans, TUS causes improvements in mood. The application of TUS in humans is a promising therapy for neuronal growth, cognitive function, and mental state of mind. This paper reviews potential use of TUS for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Degree ProgramHonors College