Objective: To evaluate an automated method that extracts motor unit (MU) information from the CMAP scan, a high-detail stimulus-response curve recorded with surface EMG. Discontinuities in the CMAP scan are hypothesized to result from MU loss and reinnervation. Methods: We introduce the parameter D50 to quantify CMAP scan discontinuities. D50 was compared with a previously developed manual score in 253 CMAP scans and with a simultaneously obtained motor unit number estimate (MUNE) in 173 CMAP scans. The effect of MU loss on D50 was determined with a simulation model. Results: We found a high agreement (sensitivity = 86.8%, specificity = 96.6%) between D50 and the manual score. D50 and MUNE were significantly correlated below 80 MUs (r = 0.65, n = 68, p < 0.001), but not when MUNE was larger than 120 MUs (r = 0.23, n = 59, p = 0.08). Conclusions: Discontinuities in the CMAP scan as expressed by a decreased D50 are related to significant MU loss. The determination of D50 is objective, quantitative, and less time-consuming than both manual scoring and many existing MUNE methods. Significance: D50 is potentially useful to monitor neurogenic disorders and moderate to severe MU loss. (C) 2013 International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.