How Somatosensory Evoked Potential Helps

Somatosensory Evoked Potential

Somatosensory Evoked Potentials (SSEP) evaluate nerve pathways responsible for feeling touch and pressure. SSEP can be used for a number of applications, including:

  • stimulation of muscles in the leg to assist with improving gait
  • evaluation of spinal cord integrity after injury
  • assessment of vascular flow to the brain
  • stimulation of the tongue to effect the pons
  • stimulation of nerves in the face to treat headaches

SSEP testing involves electro-stimulation of a series nerves, recording of the nerves’ performance as they travel to the brain. SSEP testing is standard practice for intraoperative neuromonitoring during thoracic, vascular, cervical and brain surgeries, among other types of procedures.

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Who can benefit from SSEP?

Patients suffering vision problems stemming from mild traumatic brain injury – both past or present – can benefit from SSEP treatment.

This form of testing uses a mild stimulus to make certain nerves react, thus sending a signal to the brain. The SSEP assesses the pathways from nerves in arms or legs through the spinal cord to the brain. In less than an hour, we can assess damage to the nervous system and how it is affecting the relationship between sensory nerves and brain.

At Broadview Spine & Health Centre in Ottawa, our experienced team offer the utmost quality in our intraoperative neuromonitoring services. To find out more, call us today at 613-728-2929 or book an appointment online.

 

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