ADHD Diagnostic Service
Monitoring, Inc., in cooperation with Dr. Martin Teicher, is offering
an actigraphic diagnostic service for children suspected of having ADHD.
This service, which involves the child in question wearing a small belt-worn
Motionlogger Actigraph that measures activity for a period of three full
days, provides the long-term monitoring necessary to differentiate ADHD
from other conditions, which may also manifest hyperactivity. A pre-initialized
Motionlogger Actigraph is provided with a diary to be completed by the
child and parents; and after the 3-day recording period the Motionlogger
is returned to AMI in a pre-paid mailer. The recorded data is then analyzed
by Dr. Martin Teicher employing techniques that have been used in
numerous scientific studies (see references below); and the results and
interpretation are supplied directly to the referring physician.
Who can access this
Your physician can access this service. You will need to supply your
contact information along with that of your physician, and AMI will contact
your physician and arrange for the test.
Who pays for this service?
At the moment there is no direct insurance reimbursement for this service
although parents may submit charges to their insurance carriers. Call AMI
(1-800-341-0066) or e-mail us for prices. Once your physician is alerted
and a test has been arranged, parents will be contacted for payment by
here to contact us by e-mail
Selected References to Dr. Teicher's work
on ADHD and actigraphy:
Objective Measurement of Hyperactivity and
Attentional Problems in ADHD, Martin H. Teicher, Yutaka Ito, Carol A.
Glod, and Natacha I. Barber, J. AM. ACAD. CHILD ADOLESC. PSYCHIATRY,
35:3, March 1996, pp. 334-342.
Actigraphy and Motion Analysis: New Tools
for Psychiatry, Martin H. Teicher, MD, PhD, HARVARD REV. PSYCHIATRY 1995;3:18-35.