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How Is Brain Traditionally Fog Evaluated?

How Is Brain Traditionally Fog Evaluated?

Traditionally, if you have neurologic symptoms (after a viral illness or otherwise), your primary mode of assessment would be a Magnetic Resonance Imaging test, also known as an MRI. These imaging tests can be costly and can pick up on some neurologic conditions, but not others. Many people suffering from post-COVID-19 symptoms may have a “negative” MRI, meaning that no definitive cause of their symptoms may be detected on the imaging test, making the process feel futile.

Alternatively, clinicians might assess brain fog and mental status using a “Mini-Mental Status Exam,” or MMSE. This test can also be problematic when it comes to being sensitive and making accurate neurologic diagnoses. Additionally, an MMSE can usually only be effectively administered a few times because, once you have taken it, you tend to learn the answers and get better at the test itself, even if your mental status is not getting better overall.

How Can BrainCheck Evaluate Brain Fog in an Alternative Way?

At Hudson Medical + Wellness, we supplement medical history, physical exams, and MRI with two FDA-approved devices, BrainCheck and Evoke, to help our patients who may be suffering from brain fog. Our evaluations use a BrainCheck platform, a series of tests completed in person or remotely. The BrainCheck exams can help us monitor your mental status more frequently and track it more accurately.

Not only is BrainCheck better and more accurate at post-COVID assessment than MMSE, but it can also be done in a 30-minute visit, making it faster and easier than undergoing an MRI.

Who May Benefit from a BrainCheck Evaluation?

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 disease (or think you may have had it in the past), and you are struggling with memory problems and cognitive fog, a BrainCheck assessment can help you quickly rule out the scary types of neurologic issues that you may be worried about.

BrainCheck provides a more structured way of making diagnoses and giving you peace of mind while still maintaining a high level of accuracy. Your BrainCheck evaluation can help inform your treatment and further medical guidance. On the edge of innovation, the FDA has validated BrainCheck as a standardized medical device free from human bias.

What to Do About COVID-19 and Brain Fog

If you’re worried that you have brain, memory, or neurological issues after a COVID-19 infection, our BrainCheck platform can help you achieve an accurate assessment and diagnosis, while saving you time and energy.

Our skilled neurology team is led by Dr. Thomas Pitts, a Board-Certified Neurologist and our go-to provider for post-COVID-19 neurological issues. Guided by Dr. Pitts, we are working to help our patients solve the puzzle of long COVID-19 and brain fog.

To learn more about BrainCheck assessments, schedule a consultation with one of our medical providers today.

If you are having neurologic symptoms and you think you may have an acute COVID-19 infection, we offer COVID-19 testing at our Tribeca location.

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