Magnetic treatment could improve stroke patients’ ability to communicate

Magnetic stimulation of the brain could help improve language skills of stroke survivors with aphasia, according to research by The University of Queensland.

The researchers found significant improvement in the language skills of stroke patients after they underwent Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a non-invasive method that seeks to target brain activity to facilitate the reorganisation of brain regions and alter language behaviours.

The treatment involves placing a coil on the head of the participant. The coil uses electromagnetic induction to induce weak electric currents through a changing magnetic field.

Twelve patients who experienced strokes between one and six years prior to the study were recruited for participation and treated at the UQ Centre for Neurogenic Communication Disorders Research.

Read more at The University of Queensland