Leukocyte Segmentation in Blood Smear Images Using Region-Based Active Contours

  • Seongeun Eom
  • Seungjun Kim
  • Vladimir Shin
  • Byungha Ahn
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4179)


In this paper, we propose a segmentation method for an automated differential counter using image analysis. The segmentation here is to extract leukocytes (white blood cells) and separate its constituents, nucleus and cytoplasm, in blood smear images. For this purpose, a region-based active contour model is used where region information is estimated using a statistical analysis. The role of the regional statistics is mainly to attract evolving contours toward the boundaries of leukocytes, avoiding problems with initialization. And contour deformation near to the boundaries is constrained by an additional regularizer. The active contour model is implemented using a level set method and validated with a leukocyte image database.


Input Image Active Contour Region Information Active Contour Model Initial Contour 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seongeun Eom
    • 1
  • Seungjun Kim
    • 1
  • Vladimir Shin
    • 1
  • Byungha Ahn
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MechatronicsGwangju Institute of Science and TechnologyGwangjuSouth Korea

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