Issue Two 2017
2017, Vol. 4, issue 2, (October)
Digital Indexing the Coated Tongue
Often patients with gastrointestinal and liver disease present clinically also with tongue coating. The aim of our study was to design a novel tongue coating evaluation scoring system based on digital photography and digital photographic processing. The study included 56 patients with gastrointestinal and liver disease and 71 controls.
By the means of Adobe Photoshope CS3 we developed an objective scoring system evaluating the surface, density and distribution of the tongue coating. The system is using the digital processing of tongue individual photographs, resulting in three separate images: the basic picture of the tongue, coating and tongue without the coating.
Authors:Vladimir Panov; Department of Conservative dentistry and oral pathology, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Medical University, Varna, Bulgaria;
Assya Krasteva; Department of Oral and Imaging Diagnostics, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Medical University, Sofia;
Petar Nikolov; Clinic of Gastroenterology, St. Ivan Rilsky University Hospital, Sofia, Bulgaria;