Release: Nov. 3, 2021
Expiration: Nov. 30, 2022


Tobey J Betthauser, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology
Department of Medicine
School of Medicine and Public Health
Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Leonardo Laccarino, Ph.D.
Asst. Professional Researcher – LEADS PETCore Director
Memory and Aging Center – RabLab
Weill Institute for Neurosciences
University of California San Francisco

Anne Maass, Ph.D.
Group Leader: Multimodal Neuroimaging
Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen e.V. (DZNE)

David M. Cash, Ph.D.
Principal Research Fellow
Dementia Research Centre
UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology

Credit Provided by Rush University
Funding Statement Earn complimentary CME credit.
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This educational activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, Policies and Standards for Commercial Support. Recommendations involving clinical medicine in a Continuing Medical Education (CME/CE) activity must be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients. All scientific research referred to, reported or used in CME/CE in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis.

This CME/CE activity might describe the off-label, investigational or experimental use of medications that may exceed their FDA- approved labeling. Physicians should consult the current manufacturers’ prescribing information for these products. RUSH University Medical Center requires the speaker to disclose that a product is not labeled for the use under discussion.

Target Audience / Intended Audience This activity is intended to meet the educational needs of psychologists and primary care clinicians including internists, family physicians, radiologists, neurologists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who are seeking additional education in the assessment, diagnosis and ongoing health care of patients with cognitive impairment and dementia.
Statement of Need / Activity Purpose


The purpose of this webinar is to review the basic principles, clinical applications and state-of-the-art advances in Alzheimer's research using the functional imaging techniques of FDG-PET and functional MRI. Learners will have a better understanding of how images are formed, the characteristic changes that Alzheimer's disease and related dementias cause on these images, and how to process and analyze these images.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define the biological processes that are fundamental to the acquisition of FDG-PET imaging
  • Identify the characteristic features of FDG-PET imaging in patients with Alzheimer's disease
  • Distinguish between FDG-PET presentation in typical forms of Alzheimer's disease with atypical variants and non-AD forms of dementia 
  • Review the physical and biological processes that are fundamental to the acquisition of fMRI
  • Differentiate methods for processing and analyzing fMRI data
  • Analyze the various applications of fMRI data in Alzheimer's disease
Method of Participation

This curriculum will take approximately 60 minutes to complete. To receive maximum credit, participants are required to view the presentation in its entirety. Upon completion of the activity, post-test, and evaluation form, a certificate will be immediately available. There is no fee to participate in the activity or for the generation of the certificate.

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Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, Rush University Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation

This activity is being presented without bias and with/without commercial support.

Rush University Medical Center designates this internet enduring material activity for a maximum of One (1) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is being presented without bias and without commercial support.

Rush University is an approved provider for physical therapy (216.000272), occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, social work (159.001203), nutrition, and speech-audiology by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Rush University designates this live activity for One (1) Continuing Education credit(s).

Rush University Medical Center designates this activity for One (1) CE credits in psychology

Faculty Disclosures


Faculty reports the following relationship(s)

  • Dr. David Cash has no relevant financial disclosures;
  • Dr. Tobey J. Betthauser has no relevant financial disclosures;
  • Dr. Anne Maass has no relevant financial disclosures;
  • Dr. Leonardo Laccarino has no relevant financial disclosures;
  • Dr. Claire Sexton, Alzheimer’s Association staff, has no relevant financial disclosures;
  • Sherry Fischer, MBA, Alzheimer’s Association staff has no relevant financial disclosures

The remaining course director(s), planner(s), faculty and reviewer(s) of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Hardware and Software Requirements 

Hardware and Software Requirements

  1. Active internet connection (DSL or Cable). Dial-up connection will have constant buffering problems while viewing any media (audio/video).
  2. Compatible with Windows PC and MAC (256 MB of RAM or higher)
    • Windows OS 7.0 and higher.
    • MAC OS “Mountain Lion” and higher.
  3. Activity is best viewed on Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Safari 5.0 or higher and Firefox 40.0 or higher
  4. Peripherals: Speakers for audio.
  5. Adobe Reader to print certificate. Click here to download Adobe Reader for free.