Brain Imaging in Normal Subjects (BraINS): a searchable living brain image bank to improve brain scan reporting and diagnosis of pathological ageing

Organisation : Geriatric Medicine Unit, University of Edinburgh, RIE
Grant Amount : £ 38,810
Project Dates : April 2014 to March 2015

The project aims to provide a resource for NHS radiologists which will enable them to more accurately describe whether a patients brain scan is normal for their age and clinical background – and if so, what the range of normality at this age is – or if the brain is abnormally small (atrophied) in certain areas. This may indicate pathological ageing, be supportive of diagnoses such as Alzheimer disease, and in future facilitate early intervention to slow progression of cognitive decline. The prototype interface will lead on to more substantial funding.

Therefore, this addresses the ELHF strategic aims of improving the patient experience, by providing a more detailed and informative brain scans report, and can help to transform the healthcare system, firstly in Lothian and then Scotland wide, around the reporting of brain scans to assist in the early diagnosis of pathological ageing.