Following a 10-minute CANTABmobile test, patients who need further investigation could have an MRI scan to look at changes in their brain.
This is vital because an early diagnosis makes it possible for people to access the care they need and start to plan for the future. Fewer than half of the estimated 800,000 people with dementia have a firm diagnosis. The government wants to see this rise to 80%.
It takes 10 minutes and indicates accurately whether a person needs a more thorough investigation for dementia
The traditional path to diagnosing dementia is long and slow, often taking 18 months of agonised waiting.
With this diagnosis, patients and their GPs can start to plan for the future and access services, information and benefits, potentially adding months or years of independent living.
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan is a painless procedure that lasts between 15 and 90 minutes, depending on the size of the area being scanned and the number of images being taken.
On the day of your MRI scan, you should be able to eat and drink and take any medication as usual, unless advised otherwise.
An MRI scan is a painless procedure, so anaesthesia (painkilling medication) is not usually required.
Your MRI scan will need to be studied by a radiologist (a doctor trained in interpreting scans and X-rays) and possibly discussed with other specialists. It is therefore unlikely that you will know the results of your scan immediately.