Quantitative sensory testing (QST) is a method of assessing the function of nerves. It is used to assess medical conditions such as diabetes (for screen- ing diabetic neuropathy) and spinal cord injuries (for assessing nerve function). Recently, QST has also been used to assess conditions such as referred pain from the spine and whiplash. It is thought that results from QST will lead to more accurate diagnoses and treatments. The reliability of QST is not fully established. This review evaluates the current level of reliability of thermal QST and highlights areas of QST protocols in need of greater attention.
Volume 49 Number 2, 2012
Pages 191 — 208
Last Reviewed or Updated Wednesday, April 4, 2012 12:20 PM