Could Artificial Intelligence Help Detect Rare Diseases Just By Looking At Faces?

When you hear facial recognition you probably think about crime fighting or Homeland Security screening for terrorists.

It turns out a person’s face can tell a lot about their genetic makeup and the medical conditions it may cause, and a computer can learn to read those differences, CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez reported.

“We’ve learned, surprisingly, that many thousands of genetic rare diseases have a unique facial appearances,” Dekel Gelbman told Gomez.

“It’s a form of artificial intelligence that goes through a large number of images and it learns how to classify specific genetic disorders,” Gelbman said.

That’s what FDNY has now proven with a groundbreaking study in the journal Nature Medicine .

FDNA says they’re working on feeding the computer videos of patient movements, speech tone and patterns as well as clinical notes and medical scans.

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