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Hong Kong scientist develops retinal scan technology to identify early
childhood autism

 

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A Hong Kong scientist has สูตร เล่นสล็อต ที่ปัง และได้เงินชัวร์! developed a method to use
machine learning and artificial intelligence to scan retinas of children as young as
six to detect early autism or the risk of autism and hopes to develop a commercial
product this year.

 

Retinal eye scanning can help to improve early detection and treatment outcomes
for children, said Benny Zee, a professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

 

"The importance of starting early intervention is that they are still growing, they
are still developing. So there is a bigger chance of success," Zee said.

 

His method uses a high-resolution camera with new computer software which
analyses a combination of factors including fibre layers and blood vessels in
the eye.

 

The technology can be used to identify children at risk of autism and get them
into treatment programmes sooner, said Zee.

 

Seventy children were tested using the technology, 46 with autism and a control
group of 24. The technology was able to identify the children with autism 95.7
per cent of the time. The average age tested was 13, with the youngest being
six.

 

Zee's findings have been published in EClinicalMedicine, a peer-reviewed medical
journal.

 

Autism specialists welcomed his findings but said there remained a huge stigma,
with parents often reluctant to believe their children have autism even when
there are clear signs.

 

"Many times, parents will initially be in denial," said Dr Caleb Knight, who runs
a private autism therapy centre.

 

"If you had a medical test or biological marker like this, it might facilitate parents
not going into denial for longer periods and therefore the child would get treatment
more quickly."



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