Faces can provide clues about an individual’s condition through subtle variations in facial features (facial phenotypes). These variations are part of the spectrum of who we are as individuals. For instance, 1/3 of rare diseases have facial clues and identifying these can aid diagnosis. Sometimes these patterns can also be monitored to investigate treatment response, be that for a drug or for a surgery. Another example of unlocking facial clues is that sometimes, but not always, exposure to alcohol in the womb manifests as subtle facial variations.
Because rare conditions are individually uncommon and the patterns are often very subtle, they may go unrecognised. Diagnosing rare diseases and syndromes can be very challenging. 3D facial analysis provides a precise way to obtain a 3D facial image, analyse that image and objectively present the facial variation to help make an earlier and accurate diagnosis.
The diagnosis of patients with syndromes/rare diseases using facial phenotyping requires a high level of expertise. 3D facial imaging innovation is supporting improvements in rare diseases diagnosis.
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