Brain scans such as MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) may be used to help give a diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia.

If your doctor suspects dementia, you may be referred to a memory clinic or another specialist clinic. You will be asked about your symptoms and medical history. You may have a physical check-up and do some thinking and memory tests. You may also be sent for other tests including brain scans and blood tests. Together these tests will help to identify the likely cause of your symptoms.

Brain scans such as MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) may be used to help give a diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia. They allow the doctor to look for changes in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain, commonly affected in this type of dementia.

FTD is an uncommon form of dementia, not often seen by doctors. It may take longer than usual to get the right diagnosis.

What is Frontotemporal dementia?

Information in this introductory booklet is for anyone who wants to know more about frontotemporal dementia (FTD). This includes people living with FTD, their carers, families and friends.

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This information was updated in January 2020 and is due for review in January 2022. It does not replace any advice that doctors, pharmacists or nurses may give you. Please contact us if you would like a version with references.

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