A "fitness test for the brain."
Q: What is Neurocognitive testing?
A: While there is currently no gold standard in the diagnosis of concussion, neurocognitive testing is a widely used resource by clinicians to quantitatively assess the status of their patients. It is done on a computer and can be thought of as a "fitness test for the brain." Neurocognitive testing includes many parts such as visual memory, verbal memory, reaction time, and problem solving.
Q: Why is it important?
A: Since there is currently no diagnostic test, such as an image, scan or biomarker, that definitively diagnoses concussion, we rely on measures of how well the brain functions. Our testing is validated, accurate and medically accepted while it is used as part of an overall concussion management protocol.
ImPACT is a computerized test that takes about 25 minutes to complete. The test measures verbal and visual memory, processing speed, and reaction time. The results will assist NeuroActive clinicians in walking the patient through the extremely individualized process of returning fully to school, sport, activity, and work. Test results are personalized, comprehensive, and can be shared with your family's physician to become part of your personal health record. When testing is repeated the patient's scores can be compared to their own previous scores.
NEUROCOGNITIVE TEST BASICS
Time – approximately 25 minutes
Mode – computer
Setting – onsite computer lab, in-office evaluation room
Results – Provided to the patient and the family's physician
Measures – Include attention span, working memory, sustained and selective attention time, response variability, non-verbal problem solving, and reaction time