Adult Neuropsychological Testing
There are many reasons why people are referred for neuropsychological testing. You may have had an injury to the brain caused by an accident or an illness. Your doctor may be concerned about your memory or other thinking skills and wishes to understand them better. Testing can also help us to find out how a person is coping with medical symptoms or with an injury or illness. Testing will help your doctor to provide you with the best possible care.
What to Do
Most often, a referral is required by insurance companies. Check with your insurance company to see if the testing is covered. Also check to see if your doctor has sent a referral.
The visit can last from 2 – 6 hours. This depends on the questions asked by your doctor and the needs found by the Neuropsychologist. Please let the clinic know as soon as you can if you are not able to keep your appointment. We are then able to offer the appointment to other patients. Patients will be charged a fee of $75 for missed appointments. This fee will also be charged if you give us less than 48 hours notice that you are not able to come. This fee may not be charged if you have an emergency or cannot avoid canceling.
Take any medicine as you do each day. Bring these with you so that you can take them at the normal times. Bring glasses for reading and a hearing aid if needed. If you have a family member who knows your current issues, please bring him or her with you.
Where and When to Arrive
Please arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled visit. You will need to report to Clinics Registration. This is in the Main Lobby on the second (main) floor. From there, you go to the Neuropsychology Laboratory. Go through the H elevator lobby to the J lobby. Check in with the front desk of the clinic once you arrive.
You will be greeted by either the Neuropsychologist or the Psychometrist who you will be working with you throughout the day. Most of your day will be spent one on one with the Psychometrist. You will be asked about your medical history and any problems you may be having. You may be asked to answer questions, read, write, or draw. Some tests may seem easy and others may be hard. Some of the tests will be timed. Others will not. Some tests may ask you to think in a way that you are not used to thinking, or to do things that you haven't done in a long time. You may also complete measures that will help the doctor understand how your illness or injury affects your mood, your personality, or your coping skills. During the tests, your family members or friends will be asked to leave the room.
There will be a lunch break if testing goes into the afternoon. Other testing breaks and snacks are allowed. You can bring snacks from home or buy them in the cafeteria.
Once the testing is complete, the neuropsychologist will study the results. Unlike the tests you have taken in school, you will not receive a “pass” or “fail” grade. Information gathered from these tests helps the doctor come to know your strengths and weaknesses. Your results are compared with the results of people the same age who have a similar background. If you’ve been tested before, those scores will be compared to the new results. The Neuropsychologist then writes a report. The report will be sent to your doctor in 1 to 2 weeks. Please call your doctor for the results.
If you have any questions about your appointment or test results, please feel free to call us at (608) 263-5430 or toll-free 1-800-323-8942.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 08/28/2012
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