Tests and diagnosis

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Your doctor will likely request an imaging test, such as a computerized tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to quickly identify what's causing the aphasia.

You'll also likely undergo tests and informal observations to assess your language skills, such as the ability to:

  • Name common objects
  • Engage in a conversation
  • Understand and use words correctly
  • Answer questions about something read or heard
  • Repeat words and sentences
  • Follow instructions
  • Answer yes-no questions and respond to open-ended questions about common subjects
  • Tell a story or explain the plot of a story
  • Explain a joke or a figurative phrase, such as "I need to unwind"
  • Read and write letters, words and sentences
May. 08, 2012