This case series explored effects of four different transcranial, red/near-infrared (NIR), light-emitting diode (tLED) protocols on naming ability in persons with aphasia (PWA) due to left hemisphere (LH) stroke. This is the first study to report beneficial effects from tLED therapy in chronic stroke, and parallel changes on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
Conclusion. NIR photons can affect surface brain cortex areas subjacent to where LEDs are applied on the scalp. Improved naming ability was present with optimal Protocol D. Transcranial photobiomodulation may be an additional noninvasive therapy for stroke.
Naeser, Margaret & Ho, Michael & Martin, Paula & Hamblin, Michael & Koo, Bang-Bon. (2019). Increased Functional Connectivity Within Intrinsic Neural Networks in Chronic Stroke Following Treatment With Red/Near-Infrared Transcranial Photobiomodulation: Case Series With Improved Naming in Aphasia. Photobiomodulation, Photomedicine, and Laser Surgery. 38. 10.1089/photob.2019.4630.