Neuropsychological testing involves a series of paper and pencil tests that measure such things as memory, concentration and problem solving ability. There are also tests to measure visual-spatial ability and fine motor coordination. Testing may take anywhere from two to five hours depending on the question or questions to be answered. Short breaks are allowed. Testing rooms are comfortable, spacious and well lit.
While there is often a precipitating event that leads to the referral, it is increasingly being recognized that getting brief cognitive assessments as we age is as important as keeping track of our blood pressure. This will become even more important as new therapies or “cognotropic” drugs are developed.
Medicare as well as most major insurance providers cover neuropsychological or cognitive testing with a physician’s referral. Sometimes an interview must take place before testing can be scheduled. Please feel free to contact our office manager for more information.
Below is a partial list of conditions for which cognitive testing may be indicated:
- Stroke or TIA’s
- Head injuries or concussion
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia and related conditions
- Age-associated memory impairment or concerns
- Major Depression
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Lyme Disease
- Toxic Exposure (solvents, paints, chemical exposure)
- Anoxia (loss of oxygen to the brain)
- Encephalitis (high fever or infection)
- Cognitive Impairment due to Sleep Apnea
- Alcohol or Substance Abuse
If you are a potential client or the representative of a potential client or are a physician who would like to refer a patient to us for Neuropsychological testing click on Getting Started.