Some brain damaged vegetative state patients communicating with EEG
Josephine Cullotta January 14, 2012
Brain Injury Research
An EEG is a tool that painlessly measures brain activity to determine consciousness using electrodes attached the outside of their head. An EEG can be used to communicate with some brain damaged patients who seem to be in a vegetative state. Brain activity appears on an eeg by an act or imagining performing the action. A research team in Cambridge previously found communication by some vegetative state patients using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). However, a fMRI scanner requires a patient remain still and have no metal objects in their brain. The EEG is comparatively less expensive, portable, and more accessible than a fMRI according to The Lancet Medical J,
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