An AD diagnosis can be challenging due to overlapping symptoms with other causes of cognitive impairment, particularly in early stages when symptoms may mimic the natural aging process.

Objective evidence can help increase confidence in AD diagnosis3-5

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With the approval of amyloid-targeting therapies, confirming amyloid pathology as early as possible is more important than ever for patients being assessed for AD.2,6,7

  • Nearly 1 in 3 people clinically diagnosed with AD based on symptoms did not test positive for amyloid plaques8-10
  • Knowing that β-amyloid plaques are not present may support the choice to assess for other causes of cognitive impairment and help avoid unnecessary treatment11-14

Diagnosis of AD is often 2-3 years after symptom onset. Imagine how having objective evidence of the presence or absence of AD pathology earlier could help you to make a more confident and timely diagnosis than clinical evaluation alone.2,15-19

Based on a comparison of diagnostic confidence pre- and post-amyloid PET scans in a study of patients with cognitive impairment of unknown etiology or suspected AD, diagnostic uncertainty was reduced from 72% before amyloid PET to 16% after amyloid PET scan.8

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PET=positron emission tomography.


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  4. Amyvid (florbetapir F 18 injection) Prescribing Information. Lilly USA, LLC.
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Important Safety Information

Risk for Image Misinterpretation and Other Errors
  • Errors may occur in the Amyvid estimation of brain neuritic plaque density during image interpretation
  • Image interpretation should be performed independently of the patient’s clinical information. The use of clinical information in the interpretation of Amyvid images has not been evaluated and may lead to errors. Other errors may be due to extensive brain atrophy that limits the ability to distinguish gray and white matter on the Amyvid scan as well as motion artifacts that distort the image
  • Amyvid scan results are indicative of the brain neuritic amyloid plaque content only at the time of image acquisition and a negative scan result does not preclude the development of brain amyloid in the future

Radiation Risk

  • Amyvid, similar to other radiopharmaceuticals, contributes to a patient’s overall long-term cumulative radiation exposure. Long-term cumulative radiation exposure is associated with an increased risk of cancer. Ensure safe handling to protect patients and health care workers from unintentional radiation exposure

The most common adverse reactions reported in clinical trials were headache (1.8%), musculoskeletal pain (0.7%), blood pressure increased (0.7%), nausea (0.7%), fatigue (0.5%), and injection site reaction (0.5%)

Please see Full Prescribing Information for Amyvid.



Amyvid is a radioactive diagnostic agent for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging of the brain to estimate beta-amyloid neuritic plaque density in adult patients with cognitive impairment who are being evaluated for Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and other causes of cognitive decline.

A negative Amyvid scan indicates sparse to no neuritic plaques and is inconsistent with a neuropathological diagnosis of AD at the time of image acquisition; a negative scan result reduces the likelihood that a patient’s cognitive impairment is due to AD. A positive Amyvid scan indicates moderate to frequent amyloid neuritic plaques; neuropathological examination has shown this amount of amyloid neuritic plaque is present in patients with AD, but may also be present in patients with other types of neurologic conditions as well as older people with normal cognition. Amyvid is an adjunct to other diagnostic evaluations.

Amyvid for intravenous use is supplied in multidose vials containing 500-1900 MBq/mL Florbetapir F 18.

Limitations of Use:

  • A positive Amyvid scan does not establish a diagnosis of AD or other cognitive disorder
  • Safety and effectiveness of Amyvid have not been established for:
    • Predicting development of dementia or other neurologic condition
    • Monitoring responses to therapies