What is ImPACT Testing?
ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is a computerized brain injury measurement tool for children and teens who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (concussion). Through a series of computerized tests, completed in our office, ImPACT identifies subtle changes in brain function, evaluates post-injury condition, and tracks recovery. By comparing baseline (pre-injury) and post-injury test results, ImPACT can help determine the severity following a concussion.
What age children should get ImPACT tested? How long does the test take?
ImPACT testing is recommended for children 10 and older. The first ImPACT test will provide a set of baseline results that can then be used to compare to post-injury results. The ImPACT test takes approximately 25-30 minutes to complete and is interpreted by qualified Physicians and Nurse Practitioners in our office. While any child would benefit from ImPACT Testing, it is especially useful for children involved in athletics who may have a higher risk of traumatic brain injury.
It is recommended that children have a baseline ImPACT test every two years until the age of 18 to account for aging and brain maturation.
In the near future, an ImPACT test will be available for children under 10 years of age.
If your child has already had a concussion and has never had a baseline test, your child can take the post test and it can be compared to normative data.
What is the cost of ImPACT Testing?
The cost of ImPACT testing is not covered by insurance and must be paid for at the time of testing. The baseline test is $50.00 and each post-injury evaluation test is $75.00.
My child’s school offers ImPACT Testing, why should I have it done at North Shore Pediatrics, PC?
Many of the local school districts are offering ImPACT testing to their athletes, however, by having the ImPACT test completed in our office, you will be insuring that your child’s results are being reviewed and interpreted by a qualified, licensed physician or nurse practitioner. Further, our physicians, nurse practitioners and staff are already familiar with your child and can better determine an appropriate course of treatment after an injury.
What does the ImPACT Test measure? The ImPACT test measures cognitive functioning of the brain, including:
What are the signs and symptoms of a concussion?
- Attention span
- Working memory
- Sustained and selective attention time
- Response variability
- Non-verbal problem solving
- Reaction time
- Visual problems
- Noise/Light sensitivity
- Difficulty falling asleep
- More emotional
- Attention Problems
- Memory Dysfunction
- Cognitive Slowing
Where can I find out more about ImPACT Testing?
We are happy to answer any questions you may have or you can visit www.impacttest.com for more information about the testing process.
How do I schedule a baseline ImPACT for my child? You can contact our office at 978-406-4234 and any of our front desk receptionists will be able to help you schedule a test for your child.