Scientists repurpose EEG to detect brain activity in comatose patients
But researchers may have found a new application for the widely used technology: detecting brain activity in comatose patients. The researchers gave patients commands and retrieved EEG data from small discs attached to the patients' scalps during the sessions. However, the new study suggests that EEG -- a readily available tool in almost all hospitals -- can potentially change how doctors manage patients with brain injury. "These patients who have this brain activity have the possibility of recovering significant neurological function," Rosenow, a professor of neurological surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, told CNN. We see there is an ability to recover and there's more brain activity than is outwardly visible."