Investigations

Assessment > Investigations

It is important to always remember that organic disorders must be excluded before making a diagnosis of mental disorder.

 

  • Basic bloods- FBC, U and E, LFT.

  • Urinary Drug Screens- to test for cannabis, amphetamines, cocaine and opiates (in specialist service saliva screens and hair strand testing is possible).

  • Directed  imaging: X-Ray, CT or MRI.

  • Blood testing towards know effects of drugs.

  • Blood testing of plasma levels of drugs.

  • Directed dementia screens- exclude delirium- FBC, U and E, LFT, ESR, TFT, B12/Folate, Glucose, Syphilis, CT/MRI.

 

Click here to watch "ECGs that the Psychiatrist might see in clinical practice" - by Dr David Gray, University Hospital Nottingham