The Memory Clinic--outpatient assessment when dementia is suspected

Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2011 Nov 15;131(22):2254-7. doi: 10.4045/tidsskr.11.0786.
[Article in English, Norwegian]


The patients who are assessed at Oslo University Hospital's Memory Clinic are young--half of them are under 65 years of age. Most are suffering from mild cognitive impairment or dementia at a very early phase while others come to get a second opinion. The assessment takes 2 - 3 hours and is conducted by a doctor and a nurse. It includes a clinical investigation, cognitive testing, an MRI scan with measurement of the medial temporal lobes, a lumbar puncture and single-photon-emission tomography (SPECT of the brain).

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cognition Disorders / diagnosis
  • Dementia / diagnosis*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Memory Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Middle Aged
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Norway
  • Outpatient Clinics, Hospital / organization & administration
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon