Pain Relief Foundation

Quantative Sensory Testing of Patients with Chronic Pain

The current Quantitative Sensory Testing equipment in the Chronic Pain Sensory-Motor Laboratory is over 10 years old, fails accuracy with readings and paradigms, the heat probes are slow in responding and give inaccurate results. The equipment needs replacing as a matter of urgency so we can provide accurate diagnoses for clinical patients. The manufacturer (Medoc, Israel) have recently advised us that it can no longer support this model and therefore, parts will be unavailable.

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The Quantitative Sensory Testing equipment needs replacing as a matter of urgency so that we are able to identify with more accuracy, the precise level of function of each patient's sensory faculty. A new version of our equipment exists that has, as a minimum, all the same functions as the existing one, but it is far more developed and the software which helps to run the system is secure. In addition, this 3rd generation device (CHEPS) includes a programme that enables a very rapid rise time for the heat stimulus, providing additional information of pathological pain conditions. CHEPS has been widely adopted in laboratories all over the world and a modern sensory laboratory today is expected to have one. Because it is portable, unlike the old equipment, it can be used in brain imaging studies, thus adding to our armamentarium. It would greatly enhance our ability to provide accurate diagnoses for clinical patients, especially in certain neuropathies. The equipment includes: CHEPS (ATS/CHEPS). It is combined with fMRI compatibility. It has an additional fMRI thermode It has an additional ATS thermode The price includes installation and delivery