What is a Nerve Conduction Study?
A Nerve Conduction Study, or NCS, is a study used to evaluate weakness, numbness, pain and symptoms such as fatigue, cramps or abnormal sensation. It measures muscle and nerve function. This test takes 30 to 60 minutes.
Let the Technologist know:
You will be asked some health questions.
Before Your Test
Prior to your test, shower or bathe as normal. Do not apply lotion or oils on your skin after you bathe, prior to your test. You may wear deodorant. Wear loose comfortable clothes.
During Your Test
You will lie on an exam table, and you may be asked to put on a gown.
Electrodes will be attached to your skin and a mild electrical stimulation will be given to stimulate a portion of the nerve. This response will be recorded so that the doctor can evaluate and determine if the nerve impulse is:
All electrodes will be removed. You will be able to resume all normal activity for the day. Your doctor will inform you of the results of the exam.