By Geena Martinez
MIDLAND - The Texas Tech Physicians of the Permian Basin is turning to technology to help them help others who might have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. All it takes is the click of a mouse.
"It's a condition that has potential for very much ill consequences," Bobby Jain, M.D., said. "Detecting and treating it early is extremely important."
That's the goal with the IVA+ Plus test. It's a mix of audio and visual components that assess how well a child or adult is able to focus. It's now available at Texas Tech Physicians of the Permian Basin in Midland.
Dr. Jain gives an example of how the test works.
"A child will be required to tap on a keyboard every time he sees, say, the letter "A," he said. "A number of letters will be flashed very quickly. If a child is not focusing he will not be able to point it or he will take time to click on the button."
These results are recorded on the computer and then compared to standardized data.
"The computer will point out this child is making more mistakes than not," Dr. Jain said.
ADHD is clinically diagnosed but doctors are using the test as a backup tool to do that.
"(For) the borderline cases that they may have other medical problems where we don't know whether this is ADHD or conditions that may be causing the child's inattention or distractibility," Dr. Jain said.
Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 11 percent of school-age children have been diagnosed with ADHD.
"Once you have ADHD you're more likely to live with it and die with it," Dr. Jain said. "That does not mean you cannot live to your full potential."
The test costs $150 and it's not covered by insurance. For more information or to schedule an appointment, you can call 432-620-5800.