The QST is a test that measures your ability to feel vibration and temperature sensation. The test is not painful. The object is to determine the smallest vibration or temperature change you can feel. Each test lasts five to ten minutes. The entire QST usually takes about 1 to 1-1/2 hours.
On the Day of the Test
The technician will discuss the steps of the test and any questions you may have. You will be asked to remove your shoes and socks. The technician will place a small apparatus on your hand or foot that will deliver a small vibration or a change in temperature. After each stimulus, you will decide whether you felt the stimulus or not. Once again, the object is to determine the smallest vibration or temperature change you can feel.
Eating and Drinking
Eat a normal breakfast and/or lunch.
Take all medications as prescribed by your doctor.
After the Test
The Neuromuscular Staff evaluates the data collected by the technician and the final report is sent to the doctor who referred you for the tests (usually within one week). Your doctor will provide you with the results.
Neurology appointment office 215.444.5559, or toll-free 800.CCF.CARE ext. 4-5559.
Desk J2-2; second floor of the “J” building is reached by taking the “J South” elevator to the second floor and following the signs to Desk J2-2.
Please call the QPN/EMG Lab if you have further concerns or questions or wish to speak to a technician. 216.444.5596, or toll free 800.CCF.CARE ext.4-5596.