The Neurological Clinical Research Institute has recently made significant strides in working toward diagnosing ALS earlier and measuring the progression of the disease. The NCRI imaging team conducted its first successful PET imaging scan of a person living with ALS to measure inflammation in the brain, which is a promising first step in the TRACK ALS imaging biomarker study.
Dr. Nazem Atassi and his team at Massachusetts General Hospital developed a tracer that binds to support cells of the nervous system in the brain. The tracer serves as a marker of inflammation and tracks changes in the cells of the nervous system. The PET imaging scans measure inflammation in the central nervous system, where cells move to the already damaged area of the brain and worsen damage by further harming neurons.