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Compared to MRI, EMG/NCS is the “gold standard” test for radiculopathies and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is just that – an image. The crucial limitation of MRI in evaluating peripheral nerve injury is its inability to provide more than a visual image of anatomical structures and, thus, cannot evaluate nerve function.

That’s why several studies have shown MRI to be a poor predictor of the cause of a patient’s symptoms.

EMG and NCS evaluate both the structure and function of the nerve. The data is also captured and evaluated in real time.

But where EMG and NCS earns its “gold standard” reputation is in its sensitivity abilities when testing for two of the most common nerve injuries: radiculopathies and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Radiculopathies:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
When is it more appropriate to use EMG and NCS versus MRI?
Compared to other providers, NCED Associates are “golden”