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Hospitalized geriatric patients are a highly heterogeneous group often with variable diseases and conditions. Physicians, and geriatricians especially, are devoted to seeking non-invasive testing tools to support a timely, accurate diagnosis. Chinese tongue diagnosis, mainly based on the color and texture of the tongue, offers a unique solution. To develop a non-invasive assessment tool using machine learning in supporting a timely, accurate diagnosis in the elderly, we created an annotated dataset of 15% of 688 (=100) tongue images collected from hospitalized geriatric patients in a tertiary hospital in Shanghai, China. Images were captured via a light-field camera using CIELAB color space (to simulate human visual perception) and then were manually labeled by a panel of subject matter experts after chart reviewing patients' clinical information documented in the hospital's information system. We expect that the dataset can assist in implementing a systematic means of conducting Chinese tongue diagnosis, predicting geriatric syndromes using tongue appearance, and even developing an mHealth application to provide individualized health suggestions for the elderly.

Shi Dan, Tang Chunlei, Blackley Suzanne V, Wang Liqin, Yang Jiahong, He Yanming, Bennett Samuel I, Xiong Yun, Shi Xiao, Zhou Li, Bates David W


Clinical documentation, geriatric diseases, tongue images