The Motor Control Laboratory (MCL) helps doctors diagnose and manage movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease (PD), essential tremor and dystonia, an involuntary muscle contraction which results in repetitive movement or abnormal body posture.
There are four types of tests offered by the MCL. Your primary doctor will determine which test is needed.
1. Motor-Time Testing
2. On-off Evaluation
3. DBS Programming and Evaluation Post-Surgery
4. Electrophysiological Study
To complete the test, you must be able to:
You will be asked to sign a consent for the test to be recorded. This recording will be used in the diagnosis and management of your condition and other purposes such as for education and research.
Motor Time Testing
How do I prepare for the test?
How is the test done?
The test is performed by a specialised nurse and medical technologist and takes around 30 to 45 minutes
Before the day of test
On the day of test
The test is done by a specialised nurse and a technologist and takes one and a half to two and a half hours.
There are two parts to the test. You will be assessed:A. Before taking your PD medicationB. After taking your PD medication
DBS Programming and Evaluation Post-Surgery
How do I prepare for the evaluation?
The test is done by a specialised nurse and medical technologist and takes four and a half to five hours.
There are two parts to the test. You are assessed:A. Before the programming of the electrode and when off PD medication.B. After the programming of the electrode and when off PD medication.
The test is done by a doctor and medical technologist and will take about 30 to 45 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are the tests safe?
The tests are non-invasive and is not known to cause any pain. A specialised nurse clinician and medical technologist will be with you throughout the process. If you feel unwell, tell them.
Can I undergo the test if I am feeling unwell?
No. If you are feeling unwell e.g. fever, cough, do not proceed with the test. Call to reschedule your appointment.
Have questions or concerns? Call:
Tel: 6330 6363
Office Hours:8.00am – 5.30pm, Mon – Wed, Fri8.00am – 5.00pm, ThursClosed on Sat, Sun, Public Holidays
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The information is correct as of July 2021 and subject to revisions without notice.
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