Tongue image analysis for appendicitis diagnosis

Bo Pang, Dapeng Zhang, Kuanquan Wang

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Medical diagnosis using the tongue is a unique and important diagnostic method of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). However, the clinical applications of tongue diagnosis have been limited due to two factors: (1) tongue diagnosis is usually based on the capacity of the eye for detailed discrimination; (2) the correctness of tongue diagnosis depends on the experience of physicians; and (3) traditional tongue diagnosis is always dedicated to the identification of syndromes other than diseases. To address these problems, in this paper, we present a tongue-computing model (TCoM) for the diagnosis of appendicitis based on quantitative measurements that include chromatic and textural metrics. These metrics are computed from true color tongue images by using appropriate techniques of image processing. Applying our approach to clinical tongue images, the experimental results are encouraging.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-176
Number of pages17
JournalInformation Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2005


  • Medical imaging
  • Tongue computing
  • Tongue diagnosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Artificial Intelligence


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