Small Animal Behavior Core Laboratory Services Thermal Sensitivity Test


Services: Thermal Sensitivity Test

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Description: In the thermal sensitivity test the rodent is placed on an apparatus that gradually increases in temperature. The temperature of the heating surface is elevated by 3OC per minute from a beginning temperature of 42OC to a maximum temperature of 49OC. The time that passes before the animal lifts a hind paw from the surface of the plate is recorded.

Purpose: The speed with which the rodent lifts its hind paw is a measure of supraspinal nociception and is useful in screening potential analgesic drugs.