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3D Facial Analysis Could Help Identify Children with Rare Conditions

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Facial features can reveal medically important information.

A new tool can spot subtle, but important, differences in facial geometry that could indicate rare medical conditions in children.

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Researchers at Curtin University in Western Australia have developed a tool that can identify subtle, but important differences in facial geometry, allowing medical professionals to more quickly diagnose rare medical conditions in children.

The tool, called Cliniface, scans a person's face and creates a three-dimensional (3D) image of it, measuring the distances between the person's facial features before comparing that data with average measurements for the person's age, sex, and ethnicity.

If the measurements deviate too far from the average for that demographic, the system will flag the deviations and provide a provisional diagnosis, to be confirmed by a human clinician.

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