Why It Is Done
This testing gives your doctor an overall picture of how well your brain works. Your doctor can use the results to decide the best treatment or rehabilitation program for you.
Your doctor may recommend this testing if:
- You have a disease that can damage the brain, such as:
- Reference Alzheimer's disease Opens New Window or other Reference dementia Opens New Window.
- Reference Stroke Opens New Window.
- Reference Multiple sclerosis Opens New Window.
- Reference Brain tumor Opens New Window.
- Reference Parkinson's disease Opens New Window.
- Reference Epilepsy Opens New Window.
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- You have an injury that may have damaged your brain, such as a Reference concussion Opens New Window or a more serious brain injury.
- You have a history of drug or alcohol abuse that may have affected your brain.
- You have been exposed to poisons, chemicals, or pollution that can cause brain damage.
- You have Reference attention deficit hyperactivity disorder Opens New Window (ADHD) or problems in school.
- Your doctor wants to see how well treatment for one of these diseases, conditions, or injuries is working.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference November 29, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine