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New mind reading technology to help paralysed people communicate
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It was reported this week that a new brain scanner has been developed with the aim of helping paralysed people to speak.
The new technology, uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), a tool previously used to track brain activity through the monitoring of blood flows in the brain. fMRI helps patients choose between the 26 characters of the alphabet, and a blank space.
Interpreting the blood in our brains
Each of the 27 characters produce a different pattern of blood flow in the brain and then the new device interprets these patterns. Elaine Snell of the British Neuroscience Association stated that the technology could become "a lifeline" for patients in a persistent vegetative state, or to patients who suffer from other neurological disorders.
As specialist brain and spinal injury solicitors, we will follow these developments with great interest. We are always pleased to hear of enhancements in the technology available to people who struggle to communicate because of a brain injury or degenerative condition.
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