Is it possible to have a stethoscope which monitors the brain’s electrical activity?

Posted Apr 10 2018 in Diagnosis of epilepsy

Stanford University neurologists have been working to develop a ‘brain stethoscope’ which can be used by non-specialists to detect ‘silent seizures’ in which people with epilepsy do not experience any of the associated physical convulsions. The benefit of being able to detect these ‘silent seizures’ in real time means that treatments and or/therapies may be administered straight away so avoiding the risk of further damage to the brain. “You could hear the transition from non-seizure to seizure so easily” says Josef Parvizi, a professor of neurology and neurological sciences at Stanford University when he first heard the recordings. You can read more about the research here:

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