- Administer the QbTest, an objective measurement of the core symptoms of ADHD
- Obtain psychiatric rating scale assessments, including Vanderbilts, symptom checklists and questionnaires
- For some patients we administer CNS Vital Signs, a neuropsychological testing battery to evaluate the neurocognitive status and functions of the brain, including simple motor performance, attention, memory, and executive functions
- Perform a thorough clinical interview
- Review and explain test results, and may suggest further testing if necessary
- Provide individualized treatment plans, including medication options and behavior modification techniques
- Provide prescriptions accompanied with complex medication management for ADHD and associated comorbidities
More About Our Testing And Diagnostic Procedures
QbTest is a FDA cleared computer based test for ages 6 to 60. QbTest measures the core symptoms associated with ADHD including hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention/distractibility. Activity is measured by recording every millimeter the head moves during the testing. Impulsivity and Inattention are measured by having the patient complete a continuous performance test requiring the patient to press a button for certain symbols and not push the button for other symbols. The testing is not dependent on language, reading, or mathematic skills.
The results are presented in a report that compares the patient’s performance against the same age and same gender participants who do not have ADHD. This comparison group is called the control group. The report requires interpretation by a trained physician and in conjunction with a clinical interview and other rating scales is one objective tool utilized by the doctors at Greenville ADHD Specialists to accurately diagnose ADHD.
In addition, the QbTest is administered to optimize medication treatment if medication is needed. Comparison reports of performance on medication and off medication are objective and in addition to the patient’s report of symptoms can help us determine if the dosage is accurate for the patient.
Your performance on QbTest is not affected by color blindness or previous video gaming experience. The test itself requires no computer knowledge or skill. For more information, please call our office at 864-305-1662. You can find more information about the QbTest by visiting their website at www.qbtech.com
Diagnostic Testing-CNS Vital Signs
CNS Vital Signs is a computer based testing procedure to evaluate neurocognitive function in a patient. The test consists of 7 subtests that include verbal memory test, visual memory test, finger tapping test, symbol digit coding test, stroop test, shifting attention test, and continuous performance test. The testing usually takes about 30 minutes to complete. This testing does require a 4th grade reading level to complete. A clinical report is generated that determines whether the tests were valid and how the patient performed compared to an age-matched normative comparison database.
CNS Vital Signs is one piece of objective evidence sometimes used by Greenville ADHD Specialists in conjunction with clinical interview, rating scales, and QbTest. Our doctors recommend CNS Vital Signs to certain patients to determine additional causes of neurocognitive impairments such as learning disabilities, mild cognitive impairment, early dementia, sleep disorders, depression, and traumatic brain injuries. ADHD patients also usually have a specific pattern on the clinical report.
DNA and Neurotransmitter Tests
- Checks the genes that metabolize medications
- Involves a cheek swab collected in our office
- Results are returned to our office within 1 week and usually within just 3-4 days
- Helps determine if patients need medication changes, or either increases or decreases in current medication
- Many insurance plans, Medicaid, and Medicare cover the cost of this testing
- Urine collection kits are available for testing of neurotransmitters on all ages
- People over age 12 should also submit saliva for testing of adrenal function but your provider will decide what tests to order
- Forms to be submitted with test kit will be explained at the time of the office visit
- Collection instructions for urine and/or saliva will also be provided
- Some insurances may cover the cost of testing
- Results are returned within 2 weeks
These reports are interpreted by your doctor and discussed with you in detail. If you have any further questions, please contact our office at 864-305-1662. You can find more information about CNS Vital Signs by visiting their website at www.cnsvs.com