Many neuropsychologists are taking “ownership” of the emerging field of clinical fMRI.

The official position of the APA states that: “By virtue of their training in multiple relevant disciplines…neuropsychologists are clearly qualified and may be regarded as essential contributors to multidisciplinary teams conducting clinical fMRI.  Indeed, considering all professions involved in applying fMRI as a clinical or clinical research tool, neuropsychologists who have obtained specialized training in fMRI are among the best prepared to perform these clinical functions.”

(2004): Official Position of the Division of Clinical Neuropsychology (APA Division 40) on the Role of Neuropsychologists in Clinical Use of fMRI:  Approved by the Division 40 Executive Committee July 28, 2004, The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 18:3, 351

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For more information regarding fMRI in the Practice Guidelines for Neuropsychological Assessment and Consultation from the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN), click here and begin at the bottom of page 224.

fMRI in a sense, is the merging of two scientific fields, that of cognitive assessment as well as imaging. Although fMRI studies take place within an MRI device, the neuropsychologist should not feel out of place conducting the actual exams for an fMRI test administration. In fact, neuropsychologists will be very familiar with Notus NeuroCogs™ protocols since they were specially developed to match six of the most widely used neuropsychological exams and have been shown to have high concurrent validity with each traditional exam.

With the advent of the new fMRI billing codes, neuropsychologists can now take a leading role in clinical fMRI, and properly trained neuropsychologists can actually administer fMRI tests in a clinical setting.  Notus NeuroCogs™ makes these possibilities a reality.

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