04| Neuroimaging and Neuropsychology, Friends or Foes? (Part 2)

In Part 2 of Neuroimaging and Neuropsychology we discuss the following content with Dr. Stephen Correia (see the show notes for Part 1 for Steve’s bio): 

  • Training neuropsychologists in neuroimaging  
    • the importance of the Houston Conference Guidelines and the idea that we should be informed consumers of all neurodiagnostic techniques  
  • How neuropsychologists should go about interacting with radiologists in clinical settings to maximize the quality of clinical care  
    • adopt a collaborative approach, ask for education, clarify when necessary, and attend neuroradiology rounds whenever possible 
  • How to handle the situation where you have obtained a radiology report and you have questions about the findings but you are unable to contact the author of the report 
  • The boundaries of neuropsychologists’ scope of practice with respect to interpreting neuroimaging 
  • The approach taken by many radiologists in interpreting brain scans, including what may and may not be included in the radiology report 
  • How neuropsychological trainees and professionals might go about improving their knowledge and skills in interpreting brain scans, including recommended resources (see below) 
  • The importance of understanding 3-dimensional neuroanatomy when interpreting scans 
  • The relationship between brain structure and brain function 
  • How to find out whether or not radiologists age-correct in their interpretations of atrophy 
  • How to think through the decision about whether or not to recommend neuroimaging at the end of a neuropsychological report 


Resources
 

Brain Imaging, Paul Lebby: 

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/brain-imaging-9780199764679?cc=us&lang=en&  

https://www.amazon.com/Brain-Imaging-Clinicians-Paul-Lebby-ebook/dp/B00HFPUY0E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1536095967&sr=8-1&keywords=lebby+neuroimaging  

 

Education and training in neuroimaging:

https://www.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/training/courses

 

Good resources for studying brain anatomy from MRI images:

http://w-radiology.com/atlas_brain_mri.php

http://headneckbrainspine.com/ (the tutorial on how to operate can be found here: http://www.touchneurology.com/gallery/brain-mri-anatomy-module-tutorial)

https://Radiopaedia.org

 

(note: we have no affiliation with these sites and have no financial incentives to disclose)

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