November 14, 2012 4:55
British scientists have again surprised the world community. This time they were able to read the thoughts of men, which is already more than 10 years in a coma.
With the newest scanner, analyzing brain activity, neurosurgeons found that patients in a vegetative state can think and even the "answer" to the questions.
In 2000, a resident of Canada, Scott Routley was in a serious accident and was in serious condition was taken to hospital. The doctors told the relatives of the victim, that Scott went into a coma. The patient could open his eyes, move his fingers and follow the normal mode of the day and night, so the family believed that Scott hears and understands them. However, doctors confirmed the opposite. All tests showed that the man is in a vegetative state and is not able to react to the outside world.
This case is very interested in the British neurosurgeon Adrian Owen, who has decided to conduct a detailed study. Together with a team of scientists from the University of Cambridge professor has developed a special technique to "read" the thoughts of people in a coma.
Experts scanned the brain of Scott and asked him a series of questions that can be answered "yes" or "no." In this case MRI machine recorded even the smallest activity in the brain man. However, most scientists wondered whether Scott feels pain. Patient's response was unequivocal — "no."
"We believe that Scott knows who he is and where he is" — sums up the experiment, Professor Owen.
According to neurosurgeon, Scott showed that his mind is not dead and that he is still able to make decisions.
"We have for many years sought to develop a method to" talk "with the patient in a coma. Now this has been achieved, "- said the scientist. — "I hope we will be able to improve the technique and somehow improve the lives of patients."
Brian Young, who was a neurosurgeon Scott Routley for all these years, has admitted that the results literally turned the theory of assessment of patients with common procedures, which are usually held in such cases.
Professor Owen had similar experiences on other patients and in almost all cases received similar positive results.