Brain imaging new techniques to find out more about patients in a coma are being developed by University of Aberdeen researchers. The new Aberdeen Coma Science Group – believed to be the first of its kind in Scotland – hopes to provide greater insights into coma patient awareness. Prof Christian Schwarzbauer is leading the work, which will involve patients being given fMRI scans while exposed to stimuli such as pictures, sounds, smell and touch. This would be used to help guide treatment and provide information for relatives and clinicians. The scanning technique is called functional MRI – fMRI. North east of Scotland patients will initially assist the research.