Intended for healthcare professionals

Research Article

Use of a biothesiometer to measure individual vibration thresholds and their variation in 519 non-diabetic subjects.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984; 288 doi: (Published 16 June 1984) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984;288:1793
  1. S Bloom,
  2. S Till,
  3. P Sönksen,
  4. S Smith


    A series of 519 non-diabetic subjects had vibration thresholds at three points measured using a biothesiometer. Thresholds appeared to be log normally distributed and increased with age. Centile charts of this relation were derived from the data giving a range for normal thresholds. The biothesiometer provides a quick and reliable assessment of vibration thresholds, which when related to the centile charts gives an objective measure of the progress of diabetic peripheral neuropathy.