Medical Diagnosis Algorithm Based on Tongue Image on Mobile Device

Zhou, Zibo;Peng, Dongliang;Gao, Fumeng;Leng, Lu

  • Received : 2019.04.24
  • Accepted : 2019.05.09
  • Published : 2019.06.30


In traditional Chinese medical (TCM) science, tongue images can be observed for medical diagnosis; however, the tongue diagnosis of TCM is influenced by the subjective factors of doctors, and the diagnosis results vary from person to person. Quantitative TCM tongue diagnosis can improve the accuracy of diagnosis and increase the application value. In this paper, digital image processing and pattern recognition technologies are employed on mobile device to classify tongue images collected in different health states. First, through grayscale integral projection processing, the trough is found to localize the tongue body. Then the tongue body image is transferred from RGB color space to HSV color space, and the average H and S values are considered as the color features. Finally, the diagnosis results are obtained according to the relationship between the color characteristics and physical symptoms.


tongue diagnosis;traditional Chinese medicine;image processing;mobile device


Supported by : National Natural Science Foundation of China, Jiangxi Provincial Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Public Security of P. R. China