We have access to a wide variety of additional medical, neurological, psychiatric and rehabilitative services to whom we may wish to refer for further diagnostic study and consultation. Examples may include traditional neurodiagnostic measures such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and standard clinical electroencephalography (EEG).
Given the complexity of many of our referrals, we may also wish to refer occasional selected patients for additional functional brain imaging studies that include single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), positron emission tomography (PET), quantitative EEG (QEEG), invasive EEG with telemetry, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI/MRS). Since many of these measures are primarily experimental in nature with only very limited applications in the areas of brain disease and related neurobehavioral disorders, such referrals are highly selected and closely scrutinized prior to referral for such studies. All referrals for additional medical, laboratory and neurodiagnostic evaluations are made with physician review and consent, with the agreement of all parties involved, and generally include payment pre-authorization.
Life care planning services are an important part of the future care picture for many patients with severe brain injuries and diseases that are more enduring or lifelong. Since it is most important to allocate various services to such patients in a cost-effective manner, we may refer to life care planners for further consultation. Most often, these consultants are nursing professionals with additional training, expertise and experience in the life care planning process.