Central motor conduction time studies

Tests to measure effectiveness of the central nervous system

HCA UK provides testing for the electrical signals of the nervous system to help diagnose neurological problems

What are nerve conduction studies?

Nerve conduction studies such as Central motor conduction time (CMCT) are tests that monitor the neural impulses to upper and lower limbs.

A CMCT is a diagnostic test used by consultants to assess the function of your central nervous system, motor and sensory nerves.

Need to know

  • What happens during the nerve conduction test? icon plus

    An electrode is placed on your skin (usually your hand, arm or leg) and then another electrode stimulates the area. It produces small electrical pulses and you may feel like a tapping sensation. The process is repeated for different nerves. The test takes between 30 minutes and an hour.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Before your appointment, it is advisable to wear loose-fitting clothing and remove any jewellery that may get in the way. You should avoid using any moisturising creams or lotions on the day of the test as they may interfere with the test.

    It's important your hands and feet are warm, cold limbs may affect the result. You can eat and drink normally before your appointment.
  • After the test icon plus

    There are no side effects of the central motor conduction time test, although you might find the sensations a little uncomfortable. You will be able to leave the hospital immediately after your tests have been completed and can eat and drink normally afterwards.

    Your consultant will get in touch with you to discuss your results and any relevant treatment options.

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading neuroscience experts across a range of medical fields, including neurology and neurophysiology.

At HCA UK we have neurophysiology teams who support the consultant during nerve testing. 

Our locations

From complex neurosurgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional neurosciences care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants in neurology or neurosurgery

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020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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