Red blood cell classification on thin blood smear images for malaria diagnosis

Budi Sunarko, Djuniadi, Murk Bottema, Nur Iksan, Khakim A.N. Hudaya, Muhammad S. Hanif

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Parasite detection is important for the diagnosis of many blood-borne diseases including malaria. As part of a program to develop a fast, accurate, and affordable automatic device for diagnosing malaria, a critical step is to automatically classify individual red blood cells in thin blood smear images. To automatically recognize malaria parasites in an image, this paper presents a red blood cell classification study for malaria diagnosis. To diagnose malaria, the threshold-based segmentation is implemented using the Otsu's method succeeded by the distance transform and statistical classifier. The methods are applied to red blood cell images obtained from Kaggle. These experimental results show that the classification recognizes malaria parasite with 94.60% accuracy, 96.20% specificity, and 93% sensitivity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012036
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2020
Event8th Engineering International Conference 2019 - Semarang, Indonesia
Duration: 16 Aug 2019 → …


  • malaria
  • malarial parasites
  • parasite detection
  • red blood cells
  • Thin blood film
  • statistical classifier


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