What to Expect

What Happens During the Study?

First, you will need to be seen by a memory care doctor who is part of the New IDEAS Study. A memory care doctor is a physician who has been trained in assessing memory concerns. Your doctor will help you decide if the study is right for you. Learn more about what to expect at a memory care workup.

If you join the study you will:

Optional study components:

  • Complete a blood draw. This blood will be stored for future use. You will be compensated $75 for the blood draw. View instructions on how to schedule blood collection.
  • Allow your PET scan to be stored for future use.
  • Allow the Alzheimer’s Association to contact you about future research studies.

You are not required to do any of these optional tasks if you join the study.

 

DURATION
Approximately 3–6 months
NUMBER OF VISITS

Three

PROCEDURE

1 visit with your memory care doctor before the scan.

1 amyloid PET scan visit.

1 visit with your memory care doctor after the scan.

COMPENSATION

You will receive $75 if you participate in the optional study blood draw.

MEDICAL COST COVERAGE

Medicare will cover the majority of the cost of your amyloid PET scan.

You will pay for:

  • the deductible and copay for the PET scan
  • any copays for visits with your memory care doctor
MEDICATION

None

Is It Safe?

  • The amyloid PET scan is both safe, painless, and non-invasive.
  • The risk of participating in this study are low.
  • Talk to your memory care doctor for more information about patient safety.
     

Is There a Cost?

Medicare does not currently cover the cost of an amyloid PET scan as part of your regular medical care. If you join the study, your PET scan will be covered by Medicare as a medical benefit. You will only pay the deductible or copay required for the test under your plan.

Visits to your memory doctor will be billed to your insurance. You will pay your regular copay for these visits.

Find a Doctor

Search below to find a participating memory care doctor. This is updated weekly as new sites are approved and activated.