The identification and quality evaluation ofFlos carthami were studied using tunable liquid spectral imaging instrument, to discuss the application range and advantages of spectral imaging technology in Chinese medicine identification and quality control field. The Flos carthami was indentified by extracting the normalized characteristic spectral curves of Flos carthami, Crocus sativus andDendranthema morifolium,which were standard samples supplied by National Institute for Drug Control. The qualities of Flos carthamies collecting from different pharmacies were evaluated by extracting their normalized characteristic spectral curves. The imaging spectrum testing system was designed independently. The spectral resolution was 5nm, and the spectral range was from 400nm to 680nm. The results showed that the normalizedcharacteristic spectral curve of Flos carthami was significantly different from those of Crocus sativus’ and Dendranthema
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