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Visualization techniques for tongue analysis in traditional Chinese medicine

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Binh L. Pham

Queensland Univ. of Technology (Australia)

Yang Cai

Carnegie Mellon Univ. (USA)

Proc. SPIE 5367, Medical Imaging 2004: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Display, 171 (May 5, 2004); doi:10.1117/12.533392
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  • Medical Imaging 2004: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Display
  • Robert L. Galloway, Jr.
  • San Diego, CA | February 14, 2004

abstract

Visual inspection of the tongue has been an important diagnostic method of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Clinic data have shown significant connections between various viscera cancers and abnormalities in the tongue and the tongue coating. Visual inspection of the tongue is simple and inexpensive, but the current practice in TCM is mainly experience-based and the quality of the visual inspection varies between individuals. The computerized inspection method provides quantitative models to evaluate color, texture and surface features on the tongue. In this paper, we investigate visualization techniques and processes to allow interactive data analysis with the aim to merge computerized measurements with human expert's diagnostic variables based on five-scale diagnostic conditions: Healthy (H), History Cancers (HC), History of Polyps (HP), Polyps (P) and Colon Cancer (C).

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Binh L. Pham and Yang Cai
"Visualization techniques for tongue analysis in traditional Chinese medicine", Proc. SPIE 5367, Medical Imaging 2004: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Display, 171 (May 5, 2004); doi:10.1117/12.533392; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.533392


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