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Welcome to the DETA picture gallery. A picture is worth a thousand words, especially for persons with dementia. This section contains pictures that show the types of damage seen in common forms of dementia at both the gross and microscopic level. Additional pictures are available through the DETA picture books by calling 1-800-457-5679.

Brains are removed from patients at autopsy to confirm a clinical diagnosis and assist scientist in discovering the causes of dementia. The brains are examined intact and then sliced into sections for internal inspection. Pieces of brain are sent for examination with the microscope. The pathological diagnosis of dementia requires both the gross and microscopic examination of brain tissue. This picture gallery contains samples of both kinds of examinations.

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A normal brain's talking center compared with that of a brain affected by Alzheimer's.A normal brain's temper center compared with that of a brain affected by Alzheimer's.
Regions controlling hearing and understanding in a normal and an Alzheimer's afflicted brain.Hardened arteries and clogged blood vessels.
A normal brain's memory center compared with that of a brain affected by Alzheimer's. Comparison of a normal brain and an Alzheimer's afflicted brain in the region controlling temper and personality.
Holes left in the brain after a stroke.  
A normal brain compared with
a severely atrophic brain.
A normal brain's hearing center compared with that of a brain affected by Alzheimer's.
A normal brain compared to a brain afflicted with Alzheimer's.

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