Our vestibular laboratory is equipped with state of the art equipment for diagnosis and management of brain based disorders. Additionally, all procedures are performed by and interpreted by the doctor. Dr. Scopelliti has had years of additional post-doctoral neurological training in the performance and interpretation of these tests.
A sophisticated tool used routinely in our laboratory for diagnosing vertigo, dizziness, dystonia, and balance disorders. Testing is quick, (about 20 minutes) and noninvasive/non-painful.
Comprehensive Assessment of Postural Systems or CAPS™CAPS
A sophisticated tool used routinely in our laboratory for diagnosing vertigo symptoms, dizziness, dystonia, and imbalance. Testing takes less than a minute. Testing yields information regarding your risk of fall, direction of sway, limit of stability, and fatigue.
Video nystagmography, (VNG), utilizes infrared technology to visualize eye movements in light or in dark. Using “virtual reality” type goggles and visual stimuli, recordings are made of eye movements which can later be interpreted to uncover causes of vertigo symptoms, dizziness, dystonia, ADD ADHD, and other brain based disorders discussed on this website.
This VNG test is noninvasive and non-painful. It takes less than 30 minutes to
The information derived from this VNG test is invaluable in the diagnosis and management of persons with imbalance, vertigo symptoms, dizziness, ADD ADHD, as well as any type of brain based disorder.
This exciting new VNG technology has only been available in recent years. Our office is and has been a pioneer the use of VNG since its inception.
Consider that vertigo symptoms and dizziness are the number one reason for visiting a physician for persons age 65 and over, and about 11 million physician visits every year involve complaints of vertigo symptoms and dizziness or imbalance.
How Will My Balance Be Tested?
We use a product called CAPS™, an extremely sensitive force platform and specially designed software combined in a product that is years ahead of anything else available today (the CAPS™ is so unique, it has been awarded 2 separate U.S. patents, 1 for its design and 1 for the way it works).
The CAPS™ is so sensitive it can display a person’s heartbeat and respiration. In fact, it is so sensitive it even measure the forces caused by someone simply blowing their breath across its surface.
The extraordinary sensitivity of the CAPS™ allows us to measure the otherwise imperceptible, undetectable movements a person is always making when they are standing, even though that person appears to be standing absolutely still.
The CAPS™ can detect abnormal balance in a person in just 25 seconds, instantly comparing that person’s results to normative data that was established by testing hundreds of persons at a major medical school.
The CAPS™ then generates a report that quantifies the person’s balance, providing us with an objective balance score and warning us when the results are abnormal for the person’s age.
In addition to the above diagnostic testing available in our laboratory, we are equipped with brainstem auditory evoked response and visual evoked potentials, (as well as nerve conduction studies and dermatomal somatosensory evoked response, which are not typically appropriate for vertigo, dizziness or imbalance issues). These diagnostic tests are typically utilized to rule out cerebellopontine angle tumors, which can be a cause of vertigo, dizziness or imbalance, as well as multiple sclerosis.