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  • NeuroOncologyThe division of neuro-oncology also works closely with a number of other areas related to the care of patients with neurological conditions:

    The Neurocritical Care Unit provides comprehensive multidisciplinary care for patients with life-threatening neurological illnesses and injuries. Rhode Island Hospital is the only hospital in the state to have a critical care service dedicated to the care of neurological patients. The neurointensivist works closely with neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, neurologists, neuroradiologists, emergency medicine physicians and other specialists in an environment that fosters collaboration.

    The Neuropsychology Program offers neuropsychological evaluation of memory and other cognitive functions on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Services include comprehensive memory and cognitive assessment and treatment recommendations for known or suspected neurologic or neuropsychiatric disorders, such as memory disorders, dementia, traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumors, and neurocognitive and behavioral impairments resulting from physical illness.

    Under the department of neurology, the Clinical Neurophysiology program provides inpatient and outpatient physiologic evaluation of central and peripheral nervous system function by a variety of diagnostic tests, including nerve conduction studies, electromyography (EMG), evoked potentials, electroencephalogpraphy (EEG), long-term epilepsy monitoring and intraoperative monitoring. The clinical anesthesiology elaborates are used to assess patients with epilepsy, tumors, neuropathy, myopathy, motor neuron disease, root compression, encephalopathy and multiple sclerosis.

    The Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center is a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment center for patients with memory disorders, and is the largest memory assessment program in Rhode Island. The center's neurologists are memory disorder specialists who give each patient a thorough evaluation that includes a careful review of his or her medical history, a physical examination and neuropsychological evaluation of mental functions that may include neuroimaging and other laboratory tests.

    The Division of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology evaluates and treats individuals with brain-behavior disorders. Services include comprehensive memory and cognitive assessment and treatment for known or suspected neurologic or neuropsychiatric disorders, including neurocognitive and behavioral impairments secondary to medical illness. Services also include cognitive rehabilitation and counseling/education for patients and their families.

    To recover from or manage the effects of brain or central nervous system disease, the patient will often need ongoing rehabilitative therapy that may include physical therapy, occupational therapy and/or speech therapy.

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