Adaptive active contour model based automatic tongue image segmentation

Jingwei Guo, Yikang Yang, Qingwei Wu, Jionglong Su, Fei Ma

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Abstract

For about 1800 years, tongue inspection has been one of the four major diagnostic methods in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The tongue is believed to be able to reflect the health status of the human body. However, making an accurate diagnose with the tongue is not a trivial task. It usually requires enormous training on the TCM doctor before he can make a reasonable diagnosis. Recently, image processing methods have been proposed to automatically process the tongue images and make diagnosis. This study proposes a k-means clustering and adaptive active contour model based automatic tongue region segmentation algorithm. This study is the first step towards the automatic tongue diagnosis. The method was applied on a set of real tongue images. To quantitatively evaluate the segmentation results, the automatically extracted boundaries were compared to the tongue boundaries drawn by experts. An average coverage ratio of 92% was found, indicating the accuracy of the proposed algorithm.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2016 9th International Congress on Image and Signal Processing, BioMedical Engineering and Informatics, CISP-BMEI 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1386-1390
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509037100
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2017
Event9th International Congress on Image and Signal Processing, BioMedical Engineering and Informatics, CISP-BMEI 2016 - Datong, China
Duration: 15 Oct 201617 Oct 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2016 9th International Congress on Image and Signal Processing, BioMedical Engineering and Informatics, CISP-BMEI 2016

Conference

Conference9th International Congress on Image and Signal Processing, BioMedical Engineering and Informatics, CISP-BMEI 2016
Country/TerritoryChina
CityDatong
Period15/10/1617/10/16

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