Treatment of Alzheimer disease with CT scans: A case report

Jerry M. Cuttler, Eugene R. Moore, Victor D. Hosfeld, David L. Nadolski

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Alzheimer disease (AD) primarily affects older adults. This neurodegenerative disorder is the most common cause of dementia and is a leading source of their morbidity and mortality. Patient care costs in the United States are about 200 billion dollars and will more than double by 2040. This case report describes the remarkable improvement in a patient with advanced AD in hospice who received 5 computed tomography scans of the brain, about 40 mGy each, over a period of 3 months. The mechanism appears to be radiation-induced upregulation of the patient’s adaptive protection systems against AD, which partially restored cognition, memory, speech, movement, and appetite.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016


  • Adaptive protection systems
  • Alzheimer disease
  • CT scan
  • Ionizing radiation


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