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Counting of RBCs and WBCs in noisy normal blood smear microscopic images
Author(s): M. Habibzadeh; A. Krzyzak; T. Fevens; A. Sadr
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Paper Abstract

This work focuses on the segmentation and counting of peripheral blood smear particles which plays a vital role in medical diagnosis. Our approach profits from some powerful processing techniques. Firstly, the method used for denoising a blood smear image is based on the Bivariate wavelet. Secondly, image edge preservation uses the Kuwahara filter. Thirdly, a new binarization technique is introduced by merging the Otsu and Niblack methods. We have also proposed an efficient step-by-step procedure to determine solid binary objects by merging modified binary, edged images and modified Chan-Vese active contours. The separation of White Blood Cells (WBCs) from Red Blood Cells (RBCs) into two sub-images based on the RBC (blood's dominant particle) size estimation is a critical step. Using Granulometry, we get an approximation of the RBC size. The proposed separation algorithm is an iterative mechanism which is based on morphological theory, saturation amount and RBC size. A primary aim of this work is to introduce an accurate mechanism for counting blood smear particles. This is accomplished by using the Immersion Watershed algorithm which counts red and white blood cells separately. To evaluate the capability of the proposed framework, experiments were conducted on normal blood smear images. This framework was compared to other published approaches and found to have lower complexity and better performance in its constituent steps; hence, it has a better overall performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 March 2011
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7963, Medical Imaging 2011: Computer-Aided Diagnosis, 79633I (9 March 2011);
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M. Habibzadeh, Concordia Univ. (Canada)
A. Krzyzak, Concordia Univ. (Canada)
T. Fevens, Concordia Univ. (Canada)
A. Sadr, Sharif Univ. (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7963:
Medical Imaging 2011: Computer-Aided Diagnosis
Ronald M. Summers M.D.; Bram van Ginneken, Editor(s)

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