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Memory Disorders Clinic: Your Visit

Michael Rafii, MD, PhD joins William Mobley, MD, PhD to discuss when to see a doctor, what to expect during the diagnosis process, and other valuable information for patients and their families.

Initial Evaluation

People who come to the Memory Disorders Clinic at UC San Diego Health receive an extensive neurological, neuropsychological and nursing assessment, usually lasting about two hours.

Memory loss and other related symptoms are often multi-factorial and complex. We believe that a multidisciplinary and comprehensive evaluation is necessary in most cases. This initial evaluation includes assessments that would normally take two or three visits in a traditional medical setting.

The purpose of this comprehensive evaluation is to determine the cause(s) of the patient's symptoms. Family members who act as primary caregivers play an important role in the treatment, diagnosis, and care of a memory-impaired individual. Following the first evaluation, the clinicians involved with each patient hold a conference to discuss diagnosis and potential treatments.

Clinician findings are thoroughly discussed with the patient and the family. In some cases, a diagnosis may be deferred until more information (such as blood tests or brain imaging) is collected. A written report is then sent to the primary care physician or referring physician.

Memory, Aging and Resilience Clinic (MARC)

In addition to neurological assessment conducted here at the Memory Disorders Clinic, UC San Diego also conducts cognitive and emotional evaluation of seniors through the Memory, Aging and Resilience Clinic (MARC).

Individuals who have received initial testing at MARC frequently will make their way to UC San Diego's Memory Disorders Clinic for further neurologic testing and treatment. 

Comprehensive Approach to Alzheimer's Disease

The Memory Disorders Clinic diagnoses and treats all forms of dementia, and provides support to families and caregivers of those living with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.

Clinic medical professionals work alongside both the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) and the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS), providing access to and conducting the latest clinical trials for Alzheimer's disease.

As a comprehensive care center, clinical trials center, and research center, UC San Diego is a national leader in Alzheimer's disease.

vMRI from Age Related Atrophy Report 

Sample vMRI from age-related atrophy report

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