ARTIFICIAL Intelligence could be used to pick up Alzheimer's ten years before symptoms surface, scientists have claimed.
AI algorithms have been successfully tested in pinpointing healthy brains and those with the disease with 86 per cent accuracy, leading to hopes it could ultimately be used by the NHS to predict Alzheimer's.
It is further hoped that the diagnosis tool could be used privately within a decade, according to The Times.
The breakthrough, made by Marianna La Rocca, of the University of Bari in Italy, could mean the onset of symptoms could be delayed.
La Rocca's algorithm was tested on 38 scans of patients with Alzheimer's and 29 of those without the disease, with it then tested on another 148 people.
Of those, 48 people had Alzheimer's, 52 people were healthy, and 48 had mild cognitive impairment.
The AI algorithm could figure out which brains were healthy and which were not with 86 per cent accuracy.
Around 850,000 people in Britain have a form of dementia.
The signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's can include losing common items like keys and glasses, struggling to remember words in conversation, getting lost in a familiar place or forgetting important events and dates.
There is currently no cure for the disease.