How active is the brain in a coma

How active is the brain in a coma

How active is the brain in a coma?

A new type of brain scan (fMRI) is giving neurologists insight into what is happening in the brains of patients who appear to be in comas. The new technology could help foster a primitive form of communication with patients who are minimally conscious.

While the technology doesn’t change the prognosis of many patients, doctors are excited because the technology could foster a primitive form of communication with patients who are minimally conscious. It could also help prevent and correct misdiagnosis of patients who appear to be in comas, but are actually in a “locked-in” state.