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The Commonwealth Scientific Research Organization (CSIRO) has developed a software that will help hair care developers to track both hair loss and growth.
Developed by CSIRO’s Biotech Imaging team, in conjunction with a leading U.K.-based personal care company, the software magnifies images and analyzes them to work out the number of hairs in any specific area. The system supersedes the time-consuming and repetitive process of having to count hairs manually, most commonly using a magnifying device.
“It’s a boring job and results are prone to errors and variations between different people,” Dr. Pascal Valloton, leader of Biotech Imaging at CSIRO, said.
The software images rely on a flatbed scanner, which is pressed onto the area of hair and skin to analyze the hair ratios. The system is based on a similar one developed by the same team for medical research, which relies on algorithms to determine the branching structure of nerve cells and to find the boundaries of fat cells.