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Hidden Pattern in Children's Eyes Can Reveal Autism

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Image of the eye of a child.

Evidence suggests the eye really is a window to the brain, via the interconnectedness of the central nervous system.

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Researchers at South Korea's Yonsei University College of Medicine demonstrated the use of AI to screen for and determine the severity of autism in children and teens based on images of their retinas.

The researchers said structural retinal changes are present in people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

After training the deep learning model on images of subjects with and without autism, the AI analyzed 958 retinas of children and teens, half with autism diagnoses.

Although the AI was 100% accurate in identifying whether or not the subject had autism, it was only 48% to 66% accurate in predicting symptom severity.

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