Análisis de expresión facial con Kinect para el diagnóstico de paràlisis utilizando el sistema de gradiente de Notthingham (Facial Expression Analysis with Kinect for the Diagnosis of Paralysis Using Nottingham Grading System)

Raúl Cid Carro (, Edmundo Bonilla Huerta (, Federico Ramírez Cruz1, Roberto Morales Caporal1, Carlos Pérez Corona1

1Instituto Tecnológico de Apizaco

This paper appears in: Revista IEEE América Latina

Publication Date: July 2016
Volume: 14,   Issue: 7 
ISSN: 1548-0992

Facial palsy is a neuromuscular disorder caused by damage to motor and sensory pathways of the facial nerve, which causes a movement disorder in the facial muscles. In clinical diagnosis of facial nerve palsy, simple and quantitative assessment of facial motion is strongly required. A systematic evaluation of facial nerve paralysis allows the clinician to determine objectively the severity of disability and record this information, in order to evaluate the response to therapy. The proposed method evaluates the degree of facial paralysis by using Kinect as a feature extraction tool and Nottingham grading system. The proposed grading system measure the distance between the eyebrows to infra orbital and the distance between the edges of mouth and lateral canthus. We divided the grading scale into three levels: normal, mild and severe by using the estimated parameters.

Index Terms:
Kinect, Facial Nerve Paralysis, Facial Nerve Palsy, Nottingham Grading System, Image Analysis.   

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