A publicly available newborn ear shape dataset for medical diagnosis of auricular deformities
Liu-Jie Ren, Fei Luo, Zhi-Wei Yang, Li-Li Chen, Xin-Yue Wang, Chen-Long Li, You-Zhou Xie, Ji-Mei Wang,
Tian-Yu Zhang†, Shuo Wang† & Yao-Yao Fu†
Scientific Data (IF=9.8)
Early and accurate diagnosis of ear deformities in newborns is crucial for an effective non-surgical correction treatment, since this commonly seen ear anomalies would affect aesthetics and cause mental problems if untreated. It is not easy even for experienced physicians to diagnose the auricular deformities of newborns and the classification of the sub-types, because of the rich bio-metric features embedded in the ear shape. Machine learning has already been introduced to analyze the auricular shape. However, there is little publicly available datasets of ear images from newborns. We released a dataset that contains quality-controlled photos of 3,852 ears from 1,926 newborns. The dataset also contains medical diagnosis of the ear shape, and the health data of each newborn and its mother. Our aim is to provide a freely accessible dataset, which would facilitate researches related with ear anatomies, such as the AI-aided detection and classification of auricular deformities and medical risk analysis.