Color Characteristic on Tongue Image of Malignant Neoplasm Patients

종양환자의 설 색상 특성에 관한 정량적 연구

  • Eo Yun-Hye (Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Eletronics and Information, Kyunghee University) ;
  • Kim Ji-Eun (Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Eletronics and Information, Kyunghee University) ;
  • Yoo Hwa-Seung (Department of Oncology, College of Oriental Medicine, Daejeon University) ;
  • Park Kyung-Mo (Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Eletronics and Information, Kyunghee University)
  • 어윤혜 (경희대학교 전자정보학부 동서의료공학과) ;
  • 김지은 (경희대학교 전자정보학부 동서의료공학과) ;
  • 유화승 (대전대학교 한의학과 종양과) ;
  • 박경모 (경희대학교 전자정보학부 동서의료공학과)
  • Published : 2005.10.01

Abstract

Tongue Diagnosis is the important traditional oriental medical diagnosis method that observes not only the general physiological state but also some kinds of disease. However, manual tongue diagnosis is much influenced by surrounding illumination. Therefore, Digital Tongue Inspection System(DigiTis) is needed for the quantification of objective tongue information, In this research, Tongue images of 98 malignant Neoplasm patients and 34 normal persons were collected by Digital Tongue Inspection System. Statistical analysis of tongue images and patient data indicates that cancer group has more blue-purple components in tongue body(舌質) and yellow components in tongue coating than normal group. Also, there are a lot of rose-pink components in the cancer group of second stage and blue-purple components in the cancer group of third or fourth stage. Our study shows that tongue image is a useful index for distinction between disease and health. Furthermore we need more extended research through the additional sampling and various disease.