Potential use of artificial intelligence ‘unlimited’ in hair and nail disorders

November 11, 2022

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Jartarkar SR, et al. J Drugs Dermatol. 2022;doi:10.36849/JDD.6519.

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The study investigators do not report relevant financial disclosures. Babaei does not report relevant financial disclosures.


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According to one study, the use of artificial intelligence in hair and nail disorders has “limitless” potential in terms of clinical utility and medical education.

“Technology is growing rapidly and is affecting all areas of science,” Muhammad GoldustDoctor in medicine, study author and postdoctoral fellow in the department of dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and colleague mahsa BabaeiDoctor in medicine, of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran, told Healio in a statement. “Considering the rapid extension and functionality of [artificial intelligence (AI)] and the use of this technology in medical science, we decided to work in this field to collect information and suggest the possible roles of AI in the diagnosis and management of hair and nail disorders.”

A woman holds a hairbrush containing hair lost due to alopecia.

The use of artificial intelligence in hair and nail disorders has “limitless” potential in terms of clinical utility and medical education.

The couple added that the use of AI with hair and nail disorders is not yet well studied.

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“However, AI has been used in limited fields of medicine,” Goldust and Babaei said.

In the study it was observed that AI can be used to collect data on the type of hair loss, the degree of inflammation, the thickness or diameter of the hair, the sensitivity of the scalp, and the density of the hair.

AI can also be used to diagnose scalp injuries or even robotic hair restoration, according to the authors.

“Clinical diagnosis and management of hair and nail disorders, patient education, and education of medical experts can greatly benefit from this great technology,” Goldust and Babaei said.

It’s important to understand that hair and nail disorders are usually diagnosed through clinical examination and visual assessment, according to the researchers.

“AI can help experts diagnose and manage disorders more accurately and with less effort,” Goldust and Babaei said. “AI-based diagnosis and management may be less expensive, and management of disorders based on predetermined algorithms may have a much better clinical outcome.”

Patient education is critical to the adoption of AI in this setting, according to Goldust and Babaei.

“The education of medical staff can also benefit a lot,” they said. “Technology can provide a foundation for a more detailed and larger clinical experience for them.”

Given the shortage of both instructors and cases in medical schools, AI can help medical students learn and practice in their own time and on their own terms.

Goldust and Babaei described the potential for AI as “unlimited” in hair and nail disorders.

“The accuracy and reproducibility of the technology is a promising plus point,” they said. “AI technology can open incredible new doors to the field of medical science, including the field of hair and nail disorders. Scientists from various disciplines, including doctors and programmers, should come together and provide this very interesting and useful platform.”

The pair added that “population health” may benefit from increased use of AI in patients with hair and nail disorders.

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