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Brain scanner that helps communicate with the physically paralysed

February 3, 2017

Patients suffering from locked-in syndrome may soon be able to communicate with their doctors and loved ones through a scanner linked to their brain.

In locked-in syndrome, the body is paralyzed while the mind remains conscious.

The new technique uses a computer that is linked to a patient's brain and can indicate a 'yes' or 'no' response.

Researchers in Europe were able to accurately understand four patients 70% of the time after asking them simple 'yes' or 'no' questions.

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