Neuropsychologists and Brain Health

Fadi Tayim, PhD, Division Chief of Neuropsychology at the Clinical Neuroscience Institute, answers frequently asked questions about the many ways neuropsychologists can assess brain function and health.

Do neuropsychologists use neuroimaging as a way to measure brain function?

Dr. Fadi Tayim discusses how neuropsychologists use imaging to assess brain function. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

Do neuropsychologists use neuroimaging as a way to measure to brain function?

Within neuropsychology there are specially trained neuropsychologists, like myself, who can use functional neuroimaging to understand how a brain is functioning. We do that through functional magnetic resonance imaging, fMRI. By giving a patient tasks to perform in the scanner, in the MRI, we're able to see blood flow, oxygenated blood flow, to determine whether that region of the brain is properly functioning towards that activity that we're asking them to do.

   

Within neuropsychology there are specially trained neuropsychologists, like myself, who can use functional neuroimaging to understand how a brain is working. We do that through functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI. By giving a patient certain tasks to perform when they are in the MRI scanner, we're able to see oxygenated blood flow. This helps to determine whether a region of the brain is properly functioning around the activity that we're asking the patient to complete.

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Source: Fadi Tayim, PhD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; American Psychological Association; American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology