A neuropsychological evaluation involves tests that are sensitive to problems in brain function.
Unlike imaging studies, like CT or MRI scans that show brain structure, neuropsychological testing examines how well the brain is working when it performs certain functions, such as remembering things, speaking, or processing complex visual or conceptual information.
These functions or tasks form the necessary building blocks of successful living.
A neuropsychological evaluation provides comprehensive assessment of patients in whom impairments of cognitive or neuropsychiatric function are evident or suspected.
Assessment involves a systematic evaluation of higher cognitive abilities to identify possible problems with brain functioning. This helps lead to a diagnosis, defines strengths and weaknesses, and helps develop meaningful treatment programs and options.
Imaging studies like CT or MRI scans may not detect latent brain abnormalities that can impair many of these functions.
Neuropsychological assessments can reveal brain dysfunction when no structural abnormalities can be seen.
When structural abnormalities have been found, a good neuropsychological assessment provides a way to determine which functions may be impaired, the extent of any impairment, and possible treatment protocols (where appropriate).
Testing is provided by trained and licensed clinicians who will also talk with you and your family about your medical, personal, and academic history. All assessments are prepared by licensed neuropsychologists.
LPS now offers neuropsychological testing in our Sterling, Virginia office. Testing is available Monday through Saturday by appointment.