Used together with EEG recording systems, CHEPS documents objective response to pain perception by investigating human thermal and nociceptive pathways that mediate sensory and pain perception. This is achieved via selective stimulation and identification of A-Delta & C-fibers through EEG signal waveform recording.
CHEPS is considered the most advanced and sophisticated device for pain assessment available today, and is opening an exciting opportunities in pain research.
Documenting and measuring objective response to evoked-pain is important in clinical and research applications, such as assessing pain associated with medications and treatments.
Through rapid and precise thermal stimulation oscillation control, PATHWAY model CHEPS enables the evaluation of temporal summation / Windup, providing unique information regarding central pain processing mechanisms related to central sensitization.
PATHWAY CHEPS deploys an extremely rapid heating rate of 70°C/sec and cooling rate of 40°C/sec , to deliver pain stimuli within temperature range of 30°C to 55°C in less than 300 milliseconds.
This rapid heating is possible due to Medoc’s new 27mm diameter thermode and thermal stimulator which enable testing large skin areas to reach greater receptor fields.
The CHEPS system is equipped with newly developed heat-foil technology, combined with solid-state thermoelectric cooler (Peltier elements), as well as powerful temperature controlled algorithms.
PATHWAY CHEPS is also available in an fMRI conditional configuration. CHEPS Thermode can be used to deliver thermal stimuli inside fMRI scanners. By using a special fMRI filter, the PATHWAY system ensures accurate stimulation and reduced imaging artifacts.
Specially developed software enabling test signals to be delivered online, recorded (via EEG), saved and exported for further data analysis
Built with sophisticated hardware and software for better temperature control, ease of use and powerful performance
Full synchronization at stimuli start, end and /or peak temperature, with EEG or MRI (via TTL output)
Flexible control of protocol parameters (baseline, peak temp, peak-to-peak intervals, warning signal) Versatile WINDOWS™ based software with flexible selection range of test paradigms for clinical, research and drug trial requirements. Software meets hospital requirements for maximum data security and remote access for online service
Quick setup and system initialization
Modular design for easy upgrade
Useful in monitoring, treating and testing in:
Objective pain response to medications and treatments
fMRI applications with long and strong sensation evoked to increase activation of brain regions responsible for A-Delta or C-Fibers