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A novel approach based on OCT for tongue inspection in traditional Chinese medicine
Author(s): Haixin Dong; Zhouyi Guo; Changchun Zeng; Huiqing Zhong; Xin Gong; Yonghong He; Ruikang K. Wang; Songhao Liu
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Paper Abstract

The aim of this report is to establish a tongue inspection method based on OCT imaging for quantifying the tongue properties in traditional Chinese medical diagnosis. The measurement was performed in the model of rats suffering with Spleen-Stomach Dampness-Heat Syndrome using OCT equipment, OCT image and histology estimates of the glossal layer of microstructure were obtained, and the accurate thickness and moisture degree of the tongue coating were analyzed. These OCT image showed that tongue every layer matched the histology estimates of the glossal microstructure, and compared with normal control group the thickness of tongue coating increased in rats suffering with Spleen-Stomach Dampness-Heat Syndrome than normal control rats (P<0.01), yet the moisture degree of tongue body of model group decreased (P<0.01). Therefore, OCT image technique may be benefit and helpful as a tool to provide an objective diagnostic standard for study on tongue inspection in the clinical practice and research of TCM.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 January 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6826, Optics in Health Care and Biomedical Optics III, 682604 (8 January 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.758455
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Haixin Dong, South China Normal Univ. (China)
Zhouyi Guo, South China Normal Univ. (China)
Changchun Zeng, South China Normal Univ. (China)
Huiqing Zhong, South China Normal Univ. (China)
Xin Gong, South China Normal Univ. (China)
Yonghong He, Tsinghua Univ. (China)
Ruikang K. Wang, Oregon Health and Science Univ. (United States)
Songhao Liu, South China Normal Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6826:
Optics in Health Care and Biomedical Optics III
Xingde Li; Qingming Luo; Ying Gu, Editor(s)

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