posted on May, 7 2011 @ 01:39 AM
NEW YORK, May 6, 2011 (Reuters Health) — If you show people's faces to a computer, it does better than doctors at recognizing the signs of a
rare hormone disorder, researchers report in a new study.
Human experts were able to correctly pick out people with acromegaly roughly six out of 10 times.
In this study, the researchers took front and side facial photographs of 57 people with acromegaly and 60 people without. All the participants
were Caucasian and similar in age. The researchers wrote a computer program that analyzes facial characteristics, such as the distances between
features. The computer out-performed physicians in identifying both those who had acromegaly and those who did not.
Acromegaly is a hormonal disorder that causes body tissues to enlarge. It can affect the hands, feet, lips, ears and even organs like the heart and
There several methods to diagnose Acromegaly:
-Blood tests that measure the level of growth hormone.
-An MRI or CT scan.
-Tests to detect tumors.
The development of this disorder is slow and progressive; sometimes it can be so gradual that even doctors can't identify it in its early stages.
But now, with the help of this computer program people affected with this disorder will have more chances of getting early treatment and preventing
severe complications like kidney and heart failure.
Of course it's only going to provide additional help, not replace a normal examination, but it's great to know that there are advances in technology
that help people with this rare disorder.
There are famous cases of Acromegaly:
-Paul Wight, the wrestler, also known as "The Big Show"
-Carel Struycken, a Dutch actor. He played "Lurch" in the films The Addams Family and Addams Family Values.
-Richard Kiel. "Jaws" from the James Bond movies.
-Abraham Lincoln is thought to have it.
Well, that's it. I thought it was interesting and didn't see any threads about it so I decided to share it with you guys
edit on 7-5-2011 by Casandra because: Spelling