This is in an early stage of testing, but is worth knowing. A Greek research team is experimenting with a virtual reality game that can be used as a self diagnostic tool for detecting early stage mild cognitive impairment (MCI). MCI is a precursor to Alzheimer’s. Early detection of MCI can allow medical treatment that can either delay or prevent the development of Alzheimer’s.
“MCI patients suffer from cognitive problems and often encounter difficulties in performing complex activities such as financial planning. They are at a high risk for progressing to dementia however early detection of MCI and suitable interventions can stabilize the patients’ condition and prevent further decline.”
The the virtual supermarket remote assessment routine is able to classify individuals with MCI 91.8% of the time, on a par with diagnostic tests administered by professionals.
And that, people, is a remarkable step in dealing with one of the most horrific diseases among humans today.
- Stelios Zygouris, Konstantinos Ntovas, Dimitrios Giakoumis, Konstantinos Votis, Stefanos Doumpoulakis, Sofia Segkouli, Charalampos Karagiannidis, Dimitrios Tzovaras, Magda Tsolaki. A Preliminary Study on the Feasibility of Using a Virtual Reality Cognitive Training Application for Remote Detection of Mild Cognitive Impairment. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 2017; 56 (2): 619 DOI: 10.3233/JAD-160518
- IOS Press. “Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) detected with brain training game: A condition that often predates Alzheimer’s disease (AD), can be remotely detected through a self-administered virtual reality brain training game.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 24 February 2017. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170224092544.htm>.