Nerve Conduction Study

Also known as: NCV, NCS.

What is nerve conduction study?

May be performed same day of EMG, electrodes are applied to the skin to measure speed of signals traveling between nerves and muscles.

What happens during the procedure?

A technologist will conduct the procedure. You may be asked to remove clothing and other objects as needed. Health care provider will place electrodes to the skin using special paste and brief electrical shocks applied.
Mild and brief electrical shocks may cause minor discomfort for few seconds.

What are the risk factors?

Procedure can be performed with or without sedation, generally, you will not need to fast or get anesthesia.
Inform your healthcare provider if you have cardiac defibrillator or pacemaker

Reviewed by: Sayed Z. Naqvi, MD

This page was last updated on: March 26, 2019 12:21 PM