With quick and accurate cognitive testing, BrainCheck makes assessing cognitive function simple for patients — and essential for physicians. Brandon Dawkins, Customer Support Manager at BrainCheck, provides a firsthand account of his experience using the platform after a head injury.

“I was going a little faster than I meant to,” says Brandon Dawkins, telling the story of a pickup basketball game. “And then my hand just didn’t come up in time. My front right temple hit the wall, and I hit the ground.”

The other people on the court ran over to check on him, asking if he was all right. All Dawkins could manage to utter was gibberish.

Photo of Dawkins with a contusion on his forehead.
Photo taken of Dawkins after his injury.

“I’m sitting there, and my brain is telling me, ‘You’re having a normal conversation. They’re asking a question, you respond back.’ But then I heard someone say, ‘Why is that guy mumbling to himself?’ ”

Dawkins, a former college athlete who played football at Rice University, was all too familiar with what followed: he felt hot, nauseated, disoriented.

“I was pretty sure I’d had another concussion,” he says. 

However, as a Customer Support Manager with BrainCheck, Dawkins recalls that this injury was different. He could use the BrainCheck platform to assess how his cognitive function was affected.

Assessing Cognitive Function

“I’ve taken [BrainCheck cognitive assessments] hundreds of times,” he says, “for demos, for learning new tools and features. This time, my brain couldn’t respond to the stimuli that I was seeing.”

He remembered other cognitive assessments he had to complete when he’d had head injuries in the past, with tests lasting hours rather than minutes.

“I was able to fully appreciate, from the patient side of it, how simple it was to take the test,” Dawkins says. “The fact that I was able to complete it and then see the lower scores, I was able to appreciate that I got clear information back on how I was doing, cognitively.”

After a few days of rest and recovery, Dawkins thought to take another BrainCheck assessment to see if his cognitive function was back to normal.

“My injury happened on a Saturday or Sunday,” he says, “and then, I took the test again. There were improvements, and I was back to my average range.”

Dawkins is more familiar with BrainCheck testing than most. But the platform offered him the same benefit as all test takers: insight into his cognitive health.

BrainCheck helps patients and physicians.

Since 2015, BrainCheck has offered simple, straightforward assessment of cognitive function. The assessment is quick and easy for patients of all ages. Additionally, physicians can rely on the objective, accurate, and validated results to aid in diagnosis and care

For tracking cognitive health for individuals over time, or for diagnosing and managing Alzheimer’s and dementia, the BrainCheck platform can offer physicians insight, recommendations, remote monitoring, and personalized cognitive care management to meet patient needs.

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