White blood cells nucleus segmentation from microscopic images of strained peripheral blood film during leukemia and normal condition

Rakibull Ahasan, Ahasan Ulla Ratul, A. S.M. Bakibillah

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Counting of White blood cells (WBC) & characterizing their nucleus can provide valuable information to the doctors in order to identify different diseases or stage of a particular disease. The manual method is a tiresome process and has a lot of inaccuracy. On the other hand, the machine (hematological analyzer) based method are very expensive. Digital image processing can be a less time consuming and cost effective method for counting and characterizing the WBC. In order to Count or characterize WBC by image processing, proper segmentation is the key challenge. In this paper we proposed an algorithm to segment WBC nucleus from microscopic images of stained peripheral blood film during leukemia and normal condition. The proposed algorithm involves different steps such as color space conversion, color thresholding, filtering, marker controlled watershed and different morphological operations. The accuracy of the result obtained is 88.57%.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 5th International Conference on Informatics, Electronics and Vision, ICIEV 2016
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509012695
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Informatics, Electronics and Vision (ICIEV) 2016 - Dhaka, Bangladesh
Duration: 13 May 201614 May 2016
Conference number: 5th
https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/conhome/7746853/proceeding (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Informatics, Electronics and Vision (ICIEV) 2016
Abbreviated titleICIEV 2016
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  • color space
  • leukemi
  • morphological operatio
  • segmentation
  • White blood cells (WBC)

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