Today’s pain meter is a very “rub the belly, pat the head” type of meter. We ask the patient on a scale of 1-10, how much pain do you have? This type of pain meter is very imprecise and is prone to all sorts of problems for both patient and caregiver alike. Dr. Sean Mackey from Stanford has come up with a new way to look at this problem with a predictable and reliable technology.
Dr. Sean Mackey is chief of the division of pain management at Stanford University School of Medicine. Using a neuro-imaging scanner, his team has been able to look at patterns of brain activity and determine whether somebody is actually in pain. Think of what that means for someone who has suffered a stroke and is unable to speak. Think of what that means for newborn babies in a neonatal intensive care unit.