Memory Center – Screenings
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT NEUROCOGNITIVE (PSYCHOMETRIC) TESTING:
WHAT IS NEUROCOGNITIVE TESTING? AND WHY WOULD MY DOCTOR WANT ME TO TAKE A NEUROCOGNITIVE TEST?
Neurocognitive testing is a method clinicians use to assess a patient’s memory, executive function, mental speed and other cognitive functions. By reviewing your test results your doctor can assess whether you have cognitive problems. Such problems may have many causes: medical, neurological, psychological.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE I TAKE THE TEST? HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
The test will take one to two hours depending on what tests are administered. When you take the test, you should be in your best possible state of mind; not sleep-deprived, or overly stressed, for example. The tests will be taken in one sitting; however, there will be breaks between each test allowing you to prepare for the next test if needed. Try to relax, pay attention to the directions, and do your best.
HOW OFTEN WILL I HAVE TO TAKE THE TEST?
When someone is being treated for a cognitive or neurological condition, testing may be done every 6 months to a year to monitor the effects of treatment.
IS IT A “BAD SIGN” THAT I AM BEING ASKED TO TAKE THE NEUROCOGNITIVE TEST?
No. Just as your doctor measures your weight and blood pressure, he or she may measure your neurocognitive status. It is really no different than your physician requesting you get the same lab tests each year. Many doctors give the test each year or each time they change medications to evaluate and manage your condition over time. Your physician may want you to take the test to either help confirm or “rule out” a diagnosis.
IS THIS AN IQ TEST?
No, this test is not an IQ test, but a measure of fundamental brain function.
Neurocognitive testing is useful for assessing and managing your neurologic health. Test results will not be given at this appointment. Patients will receive results at next appointment with the provider that referred you for testing.
The Memory Center provides patients in south Mississippi with access to leading-edge clinical trials and care for those suffering with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other cognitive impairment disorders. By partnering with both academia and industry, the Memory Center is able to integrate research studies into the flow of clinical neurology practice.