6 March 2009 Application methods of infrared thermal images in the health care field of traditional Chinese medicine
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Infrared thermal imaging (ITI) is the potential imaging technique for the health care field of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Successful application demands obeying the characteristics and regularity of the ITI of human body and designing rigorous trials. First, the influence of time must be taken into account as the ITI of human body varies with time markedly. Second, relative magnitude is preferred to be the index of the image features. Third, scatter diagrams and the method of least square could present important information for evaluating the health care effect. A double-blind placebo-controlled randomized trial was undertaken to study the influences of Shengsheng capsule, one of the TCM health food with immunity adjustment function, on the ITI of human body. The results showed that the effect of Shengsheng capsule to people with weak constitution or in the period of being weak could be reflected objectively by ITI. The relative efficacy rate was 81.3% for the trial group and 30.0% for the control group, there was significant difference between the two groups (P=0.003). So the sensitivity and objectivity of ITI are of great importance to the health care field of TCM.
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Ziru Li, Ziru Li, Xusheng Zhang, Xusheng Zhang, } "Application methods of infrared thermal images in the health care field of traditional Chinese medicine", Proc. SPIE 7280, Seventh International Conference on Photonics and Imaging in Biology and Medicine, 72800V (6 March 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.820431; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.820431
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