visual analog scale

Pronunciation: (VIH-zhoo-ul A-nuh-log skayl)

A tool used to help a person rate the intensity of certain sensations and feelings, such as pain. The visual analog scale for pain is a straight line with one end meaning no pain and the other end meaning the worst pain imaginable. A patient marks a point on the line that matches the amount of pain he or she feels. It may be used to help choose the right dose of pain medicine. Also called VAS.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2006-05-11 Date last modified: 2007-02-20