A new Ipad application may help doctors diagnose and treat multiple sclerosis.
It’s a test that is taken in about 5 minutes and measures a person’s “cognitive processing speed” or how quickly a person can figure out the answer to a series of simple problems.
A slower time could help expose ms-related brain dysfunction.
The patient will be given an Ipad before their appointment and perform the test on their own in a quiet room. They’ll be asked to select numbers that are paired with symbols as quickly as possible.
The results can be interpreted almost immediately, placed in the patient’s medical record, and could generate referral for an MRI Or a more comprehensive neuro-psychological exam.
Doctors can also use the app to follow someone’s progress, so if they begin to do worse on the test, treatment plans may be altered.
The app may one day replace paper and pencil tests that are currently given to ms patients to diagnose processing speed dysfunction.