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Furthermore, the findings of these studies suggest that brain scanning may someday allow patients to communicate on a routine basis.
One issue with performing brain scanning on otherwise uncommunicative patients applies exclusively to fMRI technology.
Future research may provide a more optimal solution, but if brain scanning is utilized in the meantime, the legal world, medical community, and families of patients will have to accept a mode of communication that is expensive and not scientifically proven to reflect conscious thought.
It all comes down to whether courts are persuaded by the scientific evidence supporting brain scanning.
In this study, the use of Altropane together with SPECT brain scanning demonstrated a greater than 70 percent loss of dopamine transporters in patients with mild clinical disease.