Aside from the cost of purchasing and maintaining equipment, hospitals may also face administrative burdens if they have to perform repeat brain scanning of any patient.
200) Finally, once the science behind using brain scanning to detect consciousness is supported by adequate data, brain scanning may replace current diagnostic techniques for assessing vegetative and minimally conscious state patients.
Common-sense arguments and the language of the ADA cut against any claim that brain scanning cannot be required because it might not work.
The only vegetative state patients who have experienced any chance to communicate are Scott Routley and the few other patients who took part in scientific studies, were found able to communicate through brain scanning, and were given the chance to answer questions.
The patient may also have the capacity to communicate but still be unable to do so given the method of brain scanning employed.