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Papers: 23 Sep 2023 - 29 Sep 2023

Basic Science, Psychology

Human Studies, Neurobiology, Neuroimaging

Acute Pain, Psychological/Comorbidities


Front Pain Res (Lausanne)



Quantitative sensory testing in a magnetic resonance environment: considerations for thermal sensitivity and patient safety.


Kim AJ, Szabo E, Lunde CE, Comptdaer G, Zurakowski D, Sieberg CB, Holmes SA


Quantitative sensory testing (QST) is often used to understand the perceptual basis of acute and chronic conditions, including pain. As the need grows for developing a mechanistic understanding of neurological pathways underlying perception in the basic and clinical sciences, there is a greater need to adapt techniques such as QST to the magnetic resonance (MR) environment. No studies have yet evaluated the impact of the MR environment on the perception of thermal stimuli. This study aimed to evaluate the differences in temperature sensitivity outside an MR environment and during an MRI scanning session. We hypothesized that there would be a difference in how participants reported their pain sensitivity between the two environments.