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3D Facial Morphometric Analysis: Applications to Syndrome Delineation
It is well known that the foetal brain and face develop in close harmony to each other. Therefore, any anomaly in the growing brain is likely to be reflected in the face. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the most prevalent mental disorder and is believed to be linked to the prenatal testosterone levels which are in turn related to masculinity. Psychological research shows that masculinity can be assessed from the face. Therefore, 3D morphometric facial analysis may enable us to objectively measure the masculinity/ femininity of the human face, thereby helping in ASD delineation.
Early intervention is the only key to reduce the effects of ASD which reflects itself in the behavioural traits of a child and cannot be diagnosed until 3 years of age in the worst case. This research aims at morphometric analysis of the 3D face to objectively assess masculinity for early delineation of ASD in prepubertal children.