Jump Start a Patient out of a Coma

In the treatment, known as low-intensity focused ultrasound, ultrasonic stimulation is used to excite neurons in the thalamus
In the treatment, known as low-intensity focused ultrasound, ultrasonic stimulation is used to excite neurons in the thalamus
Martin Monti/UCLA

Five years ago, we heard how a team at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) had used ultrasound to seemingly “jump start” a patient out of a coma. At the time, the scientists wondered if such results could be repeated, or if their success was just a one-off. They have now done it two more times.

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