Virtual Reality Helmet to Test for Problems With Memory (DETECT)

This study has been completed.
Wallace H. Coulter Foundation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
David Wright, Emory University Identifier:
First received: March 28, 2007
Last updated: July 27, 2013
Last verified: July 2013
The purpose of this research study is to compare a virtual reality display device with the standard neuropsychological evaluation for detecting mild cognitive impairment (problems with memory, concentration, reaction time, etc.).


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Display Enhanced TEsting for Cognitive Impairment and Traumatic Brain Injury

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Further study details as provided by Emory University:

Enrollment: 425
Study Start Date: March 2007
Study Completion Date: July 2010
Primary Completion Date: July 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
No treatment

Detailed Description:

Since many individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) appear to function normally, MCI may often be recognizable through testing in advance of any changes noticed by family members or caregivers. Early and frequent testing can therefore trigger an earlier diagnosis, which may increase the effectiveness of currently available medications used to delay onset of Alzheimer's symptoms. Primary care and geriatric physicians currently lack the necessary tools required for quick and accurate MCI screening in the doctor's office environment. The current industry-standard is a battery of pen & paper neuropsychological tests that require 1.5 hours in a quiet room with a neuropsychologist.

Comparison: virtual reality display device compared to the standard neuropsychological evaluation for detecting mild cognitive impairment (problems with memory, concentration, reaction time, etc.).


Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
geriatric clinic, retirement facilities

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 65 yrs of age and older
  • MMSE of 18 or greater or mini-cog of 4 or greater
  • Ability to read
  • Informed consent given

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Visual, hearing or physical impairment that would limit ability to use the virtual reality helmet or control device
  • Non-English speaking
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00454454

United States, Georgia
Wesley Woods Health Center
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30322
Wesley Woods Outpatient Clinic
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30322
Sponsors and Collaborators
Emory University
Wallace H. Coulter Foundation
Principal Investigator: David W Wright, MD Emory University
  More Information

Responsible Party: David Wright, Associate Professor, Emory University Identifier: NCT00454454     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 797-2002
Study First Received: March 28, 2007
Last Updated: July 27, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

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