SSEP (Somato Sensory Evoked Potentials)
An SSEP test studies the relay of body sensations to your brain and how the brain receives those sensations. A stimulating electrode is placed on your arm or leg, and it generates an electrical signal. Recording electrodes are placed on your head and/or spine. The information received from these electrodes can help to diagnose your problem.
What is it?
The test evaluates the health of your peripheral nerves and your spinal cord. It also tests how your spinal cord and/or brain transmit information about body sensations through your peripheral nerves. It can localize a “signal blockage” either in the relay system (your peripheral nerves act like telephone wires) or in the interpretive center (your brain and spinal cord act like a telephone receiver).