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Can Parkinson’s disease be detected through facial expressions?
Author: Johanna Stiefler JohnsonPublished: 23 September 2021
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US researchers have used an artificial intelligence (AI) tool to detect Parkinson’s through the analysis of facial expressions.
The team collected 1,812 videos featuring 604 people; 543 of these participants didn’t have Parkinson’s while 61 did. They were recorded making three facial expressions – disgust, surprise and a smile – followed by a neutral expression. Measuring these in terms of “micro-expressions”, the AI tool found that people with Parkinson’s had fewer facial muscle movements than those without.
The researchers used this information to train a machine learning tool to distinguish between people with and without the condition. It was able to identify Parkinson’s in individuals with 95.6% accuracy.
Reflecting on the tool’s “potential to be an important digital biomarker” for the condition, the team wrote: “An algorithm’s ability to analyse the subtle characteristics of facial expressions, often invisible to a naked eye, adds significant new information to a neurologist.”
For more information on the latest Parkinson’s disease research, please visit the EPDA website.
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