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Reading of neuropsychological test reduced from 1 hour to 5 minutes raises expectations for diagnosis for dementia
Updated: 2022-05-02 06:16:28 KST
When a patient experiences memory loss, they visit a neurologist, where they are given a neuropsychological test that evaluates the patient's overall cognitive function.
This test has become a crucial step for neurologists to diagnose any brain diseases, or to assess the progress of rehabilitation.

But the existing test not only takes a long time, there's also a shortage of people to oversee testing.
As a result 90 percent of the 4 million people in South Korea that need a neuropsychological test don't get tested on time.

"Demand for the test is increasing, but there aren't enough clinical psychologists to conduct the test. In the end, it's a problem of supply and demand."

If patients don't get to take the test in time, it becomes more difficult to provide an early diagnosis of brain diseases, which consequently delays treatment and timely rehabilitation.

But now, a local research team has developed a new cognitive neuropsychological test that solves both problems.
It yields results in just 5 minutes - a significant reduction from the current 60 minutes, and it's also automated.

Patients take the test online, from which preliminary results are automatically generated. Those evaluating the test result then make any necessary changes for the final report.

The reduction in testing time brought by this latest development in testing software will allow medical staff to tend to more patients.

The automated neuropsychological exam reading service is expected to be commercialized in the next two years after completing clinical trials.

Lee Eunjin, Arirang News.
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