The purpose of the Memory Diagnostic Center is to evaluate people who may have a memory disorder. We work closely with their doctors and families to begin therapy to slow the disease process. We also help make any life style arrangements that may be necessary.
Yes, patients need a referral from their physician.
For the first appointment, patients are asked to bring with them another person who can help answer questions, such as a spouse, friend, or caregiver. Every effort is made to provide a complete evaluation during one appointment. A comprehensive integrated evaluation is achieved by a full team consisting of physician, trained nurse practitioner, and psychometrist.
While there is no single test to diagnose dementia, a diagnosis is made by reviewing patient history, giving a complete physical an neurological exam, and assessing memory skills with paper-pencil tests. Previous medical test results including CT and MRI scans of the head along with blood tests are also reviewed. Additional testing may be needed and is discussed during your first visit.
The diagnostic summary containing the diagnosis, treatment plan, and follow-up care is sent to the referring and primary care physicians. The patient and family are given written feedback to take home with them.
You can reach the Memory Diagnostic Center by calling (314) 286-1967.