A Hong Kong scientist has 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 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 fiber layers and blood vessels in the eye. Zee’s findings have been published in EClinicalMedicine, a peer-reviewed medical journal.