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  Monitoring rice paddy farmers for pesticide and fire fighters for PCB exposure as well as detecting the toxicity from arsenic, lead, other heavy metals and monitoring workers for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and vibration exposure - the Neurometer has played a key role in occupational and environmental medicine.


The CPT evaluation enables the screening and documentation of carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive motion disorders resulting in nerve injury, vibration neuropathy, as well as toxic chemical exposure. An additional application is for the assessment of occupationally related lower back injuries. The portability of the CPT device facilitates on-site studies.

CPT Evaluation of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS):
According to OSHA, repetitive-stress injuries are costing corporate America and the health care industry billions of dollars. Last year, more than 1,200 newspaper and magazine stories highlighted the problem, dozens referring to it as the next great epidemic. Getting the worker back to work, or better yet, keeping the worker on the job requires early detection and effective treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
CPT evaluations of median digital nerve integrity, in otherwise healthy individuals, detects and documents hyperesthesia associated with the earliest stages of CTS, as well as the hypoesthesia found in advanced CTS. Abnormal median digital nerve CPT measures, with normal palmar median nerve branch and ulnar nerve digital branch CPT's within a hand, will confirm the diagnosis of CTS. If CTS is detected by CPT evaluation in its earliest stages, it may often be cured by conservative therapy, precluding surgical intervention required to treat advanced CTS. The CPT evaluation enables earlier detection of CTS sensory impairments than the sensory NCV.
The ability of the CPT evaluation to detect sub-clinical measures has yielded the greatest savings for industry, both in financial terms and in medical terms. A recently published study by Jane Vale, M.D. and Ted Dreisinger, Ph.D., involving 983 workers at a Tyson Foods' poultry processing plant, employed the CPT exam as the Quantitative Sensory Test component of a screen for early signs of Upper Extremity Cumulative Trauma Disorder (UECTD). Over a 12 month period, the annual cost of treating these disorders among workers at the plant dropped from $106,000 to $6,000. A follow-up study encompassing 1500 workers using the same protocol yielded similar results.
Presently, there is a great demand for a diagnos
tic test with the sensitivity of the CPT for reducing the incidence, as well as the medical costs associated with advanced CTS and other types of cumulative trauma disorders.


The sNCT evaluation has demonstrated for the detection and evaluation of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) and occupational toxic exposure.  Related publications are cited on the web page Selected Neurometer® CPT Research Publications Grouped by Topic and Specialty.


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