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-- exciting new development that could change the way that doctor is diagnose and treat.
Our pain scientists now say they can see pain on brain scans and claim making even measure.
Its intensity joining us now -- -- he's at the University of Colorado in boulder and also the lead author of this this brand new study about.
-- -- toward what we think of what causes pain or how we feel pain.
Often we think -- the -- objectively I might -- it be different than your pain what is your what is your -- tell us about pain.
Well what what we developed as a -- system that tracks acute pain or pain coming up from the body.
And this type of pain in particular Israel is very consistent across individual people.
So we can actually develop a brain signature they can track how much pain of this kind of pain in the individual person is feeling.
So -- -- pain being sending -- subjective.
Eventually doctors would be able to objectively say.
Is this is the pain this is how intense your payments.
That's the hope and and -- is very real in the brain but it's also very hard to you.
Empathize with pain in other people because we can't touch that and we can't feel their pain.
And the pain is also very hard to measure because people use language in very different ways and people are from different cultures.
So the hope is that this can give us way of looking at the brand directly and understanding some of the you know physiological ingredients that underlie pain.
And therefore understand how we can more effectively treat pain.
It's an interesting that you say that I was it -- a doctor's office recently I had this hip injury and the doctor was like ease your pain I steal from one to ten.
Where is that and I thought -- act as six point 75 I had no way to really express how I was feeling about this injury but.
This -- your city applies to it to chronic pain is well and 100 million Americans a one in three -- -- suffer from some sort of chronic pain.
That's more then.
Heart disease cancer and diabetes combined so what does your study mean for people with chronic pain.
I think that there's hope that we can at some point develop measures for chronic pain I think chronic pain is much more complex than than what we've identified here.
We think of our measure as detecting a sort of ingredient of of chronic pain coming up from the body.
But -- -- no understand very little right now about the ways in which different -- systems in Iraq to create that pain experience.
And so the hope is that will eventually have measures to diagnose different forms of chronic pain and different qualities of this conflicts experience.
And therefore to an art treatments to the kind of pain a person hats and -- cause of the -- level.
And Israel quit because if oxygen -- statements about.
Pain medication how dangerous it can be.
How would could your study and being able to diagnose pain and change the way that we treat it.
Well a number of groups of women and minorities for -- for systematically under treated to have to report more pain to get the same level of drug treatment.
And one of the reasons is that it's hard for -- care providers and position sometimes to really assess how much -- people are feeling.
So this could be used to confirm pain in those people and to help in the diagnosis of pain.
However I just wanted to make the point that it's not paying lie detector that can never use is a pain lie detector because different people might feel pain for different reasons in the brain.
I'm so glad we got and good that was that is one of the question that we had over short on time but that's good at that this does not -- to say you feel pain but.
Not really kind of shrugging off a tour we hope to have you back -- of this the beginning of the study and we look forward to learning more front needs to thank you so much for the time.
-- think it's a pleasure to be here.
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