Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ultrasonographic Brain Stimulation May Enhance Brain Function

Scientists have known for a while that ultrasound can stimulate neurons in the brain.  There has been no use until now for this side effect of acoustic energy.  Recently, new equipment breakthroughs have allowed scientists to target areas in the brain and observe the results.  This may have the potential to treat a variety of brain ailments. 

ScienceDaily (June 9, 2010) — The ability to diagnose and treat brain dysfunction without surgery, may rely on a new method of noninvasive brain stimulation using pulsed ultrasound developed by a team of scientists led by William "Jamie" Tyler, a neuroscientist at Arizona State University.  Further reading:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100609122832.htm
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