Department of Neurosurgery


 EEG Test Measures Pain Better Than ‘Smiley Face’ Scale

“ ‘Sadly, this scale of smiley faces, called the visual analogue scale, is the gold-standard pain-assessment tool,’ says Carl Saab, associate professor of neuroscience and neurosurgery (research) at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital.

‘Our goal is to associate specific brain activity with various scores on the numerical scale to make pain assessment more objective. We want to help patients with chronic pain and their physicians get into agreement about pain level so it is better managed and diagnosed, which may reduce the over-prescription of opioids,’ Saab says.”

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