During the 3rd Symposium “Coma and other disorders of consciousness” on September 8th-9th, 2016 in Cologne (Germany) g.tec shows recent experiments, analysis methods and results of mindBEAGLE. mindBEAGLE is an assessment and communication tool for DOC patients developed by Guger Technologies OG.
Some patients diagnosed as vegetative are reclassified as (at least) minimally conscious when assessed by expert teams. A further subset of potentially communicative non-responsive patients might be undetectable through standard clinical testing. Other patients might have transient periods of relative wakefulness, but remain unaware of their surroundings.
BCI technology can identify non-responsive patients that might be able to communicate and use the technology as an assessment tool. With the mindBEAGLE system you can determine whether patients can understand and follow basic task instructions, even though they are diagnosed as people in a vegetative state (VS, also called UWS or Unresponsive Wakefulness Syndrome), minimally conscious state (MCS) or (completely) locked-in state (LIS/CLIS).
The lack of feedback is a huge barrier to medical diagnosis or clarifying the patient’s condition. mindBEAGLE gives physicians, family members or caregivers a broader knowledge of the patient’s perception and consciousness. In the assessment phase, mindBEAGLE will provide reliable information about the level of awareness and consciousness of the patient. The system also supports a longitudinal screening to investigate stability and improvement of responses or daily changes in awareness.