25.8 million Americans have diabetes – 8.3 percent of the U.S. population. Of these, 7 million do not know they have the disease.
Statistics show that about 60% of diabetic patients probably have some degree of peripheral neuropathy. Early detection of this problem is essential, particularly in patients who are
over age 30, but younger than 65. Devastating complications can be prevented in these younger patients and their outcomes significantly improved when they receive specific preventative care and adequate
The American Diabetes Association recommends that diabetics be tested annually to help determine the specific degree of neuropathy, both in the extremities and generally. By setting
up a NCV study the severity of the disease can be evaluated and serious autonomic complications recognized. Annual retesting will help in determining any progress or degradation in the patient.
Diagnostic Tests Offered:
- Nerve Conduction Velocity Testing:
Measures how quickly
electrical impulses move along a nerve.
- Evoked Potentials:
Measures activity in areas of the brain and spinal
- Musculoskeletal Ultrasound:
Testing for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar
Electrodiagnostic (EDX) tests are a series of electrical tests that examine various aspects of the neurological system. The most common of these tests are: Nerve Conduction Velocity Studies and Evoked
The complete testing profile consists of multiple tests designed to evaluate different portions of the nerves of the arms and legs. The tests in the upper and lower extremities subject nerves to an
electrical impulse to assess how they conduct signals.
Recording electrodes are placed on the skin to acquire information such as the speed the signal travels and the amplitude of the signal. These evaluations can determine whether the nerve is
normal or shows signs of damage.
The end result of EDX testing is a comprehensive profile that will be read by a qualified neurologist. The neurologist will develop a written report that will state whether nerve
impairment is demonstrated by the testing and the diagnostic conclusions that may be drawn from the testing.
Nerve Conduction Velocity Studies (NCV) can provide invaluable information to assist in the diagnosis of problems related to the nervous and muscular systems. They measure the speed
and intensity of electrical signals that travel through the nerves and calculate the time and velocity in which muscles respond to these impulses.