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New Developments in Cholinergic Imaging in Alzheimer and Lewy Body Disorders

Craig, CE and Ray, NJ and Müller, MLTM and Bohnen, NI (2020) New Developments in Cholinergic Imaging in Alzheimer and Lewy Body Disorders. Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports.


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© 2020, This is a U.S. Government work and not under copyright protection in the US; foreign copyright protection may apply. Purpose of Review: This paper aims to review novel trends in cholinergic neuroimaging in Alzheimer and Lewy body parkinsonian disorders. Recent Findings: The spectrum of cholinergic imaging is expanding with the availability of spatially more precise radioligands that allow assessment of previously less recognized subcortical and cortical structures with more dense cholinergic innervation. In addition, advances in MRI techniques now allow quantitative structural or functional assessment of both the cholinergic forebrain and the pedunculopontine nucleus, which may serve as non-invasive prognostic predictors. Multimodal imaging approaches, such as PET-MRI or multiligand PET, offer new insights into the dynamic and interactive roles of the cholinergic system at both local and larger-scale neural network levels. Summary: Our understanding of the heterogeneous roles of the cholinergic system in age-related diseases is evolving. Multimodal imaging approaches that provide complimentary views of the cholinergic system will be necessary to shed light on the impact of cholinergic degeneration on regional and large-scale neural networks that underpin clinical symptom manifestation in neurodegeneration.

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