Neurophysiology tests may include nerve conduction studies (NVC), electromyographic studies (EMG), electroencephalography (EEG), or all three depending on the nature of your problem. EEG has proven to be helpful in complex neurological presentations, improving the accuracy of diagnosis in suspected degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, and Parkinson’s disease with dementia. Each neurophysiology evaluation usually takes about an hour, and we will provide you will additional information on what to expect before and at the time of these procedures.
Neuropsychology evaluations are also performed in our office. The goal of these evaluations is to understand how the structure and function of the brain relate to specific neurological and psychological processes and behaviors. This includes understanding patients’ cognitive and emotional strengths and weaknesses, including how their cognitive and psychological abilities are associated with various neurological conditions, such as strokes, head injuries, and dementia.
The neuropsychology evaluation takes about 3 hours and involves a clinical interview and completion of standardized neuropsychology measures (e.g., tests examining attention, language, memory, psychological functioning, etc.) Prior to this evaluation, patients will be sent a medical questionnaire to complete at home and bring to their first visit.
After the evaluation is complete, analysis of the findings and preparation of a comprehensive report will be conducted by the neuropsychological team. Because of the complexity of this evaluation, it can take two to three weeks for the final report to be prepared. This report will provide patients and the PNMG team diagnostic conclusions and treatment recommendations.
We work closely with local imaging centers in Ventura County in both clinical care and clinical research. We will arrange for imaging when necessary, whether magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized axial tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET) or dopamine transporter scans. We will also provide important insight into the clinical significance of any findings and arrange for further diagnostic studies if appropriate.