Neuroimaging Study

Looking for Consciousness: A Novel Functional Neuroimaging Approach for Detection of Visual Cognition in Patients with Severe TBI and Disorders of Consciousness

Researchers at Spaulding, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital are investigating a brain scanning procedure designed to detect consciousness in people who have difficulty following commands and communicating.

This fMRI technique will be assessed and compared to the currently used bedside tests in order to determine the best method of diagnosis and predictors of outcome.  The family's input regarding the patient's condition will also be assessed. 

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Principal Investigator: Dr. Joseph T. Giacino, Ph.D.,   Dr. Emily Stern, M.D.

Study Contact: Dr. Yelena Guller, Ph.D.-- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Population: Patients who are inpatients at any of the Spaulding-Harvard TBI Model System hospitals, have suffered a TBI, are between the ages of 18 and 65, received a diagnosis of vegetative state, minimally-conscious state, or post-traumatic confusional state, can safely undergo brain scanning, and some additional requirements.

Time Commitment: The study will take about 3 hours, including transportation from Spaulding to Brigham and Women's Hospital, and back.