A new ‘thought-controlled’ device reads brain activity through the jugular vein

A new ‘thought-controlled’ device reads brain activity through the jugular vein

A new ‘thought-controlled’ device reads brain activity through the jugular vein

When administered through the jugular vein, a small “thought-controlled” device can record brain from a nearby blood vessel, thus eliminating the need for doctors to open the skull, a small trial shows.

The device, called the Stentrode, is designed to enable paralyzed people to operate assistive technology using only their thoughts. For example, trial participants used the device to generate text messages and emails, and for online banking and shopping, according to a new report published Monday (January 9) in the journal JAMA Neurology (opens in a new tab). (Early data from the study was also presented in March 2022 at the 74th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Seattle.)

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