Clinical Evaluation of Neurocognitive Assessment Tools


Mark De Ridder, MD, PhD, Head of the Radiotherapy Department at the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel gives his clinical evaluation of the neurocognitive assessment app from Brainlab called Cognition. He begins by discussing the shift from whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT) for the treatment of multiple brain metastases to the individual treatment of tumors with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) due to concerns about the risk of neurocognitive decline. He then outlines the different domains of neurocognition: Verbal fluency, learning and memory, attention and information processing, fine motor, speed and executive function, and then goes into detail about the Brainlab Cognition app, which digitizes these standard analog cognitive function tests.


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Dr. De Ridder: Good morning, dear colleagues. In the next 15 minutes, I'm going to present to you some tools for the clinical evaluation of neurocognitive assessments. So over the last decades, as illustrated by the previous speakers, we have shift from Whole brain radiotherapy that treats the entire content of the cranial vault to uniform dose to a Stereotactic RadioSurgery for patients with a limited number of brain metastases. Now, Whole brain radiotherapy may cause neurocognitive function decline because of diffuse injury, for instance, by the immunization or by encephalitis. While the Stereotactic RadioSurgery, on the other hand, may...

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