This paper reviews image analysis studies aiming at automated diagnosis or screening of malaria infection in microscope images of thin blood film smears. Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease of humans and other animals caused by parasites (a type of microorganism) of the genus Plasmodium.
Infection is initiated by a bite from an infected female mosquito, which introduces the parasites via its saliva into the circulatory system, and ultimately to the liver where they mature and reproduce.
The disease causes symptoms that typically include fever and headache, which in severe cases can progress to coma or death. Malaria is widespread in tropical and subtropical regions in a broad band around the equator, including much of Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
Malaria is a life-threatening parasitic disease, caused by the protozoan parasites of the genus Plasmodium and is transmitted through the bite of a female Anopheles mosquito. Inside the human body, the parasite undergoes a complex life cycle in which it grows and reproduces.
During this process, the red blood cells (RBCs) are used as hosts and are destroyed afterwards. Hence, the ratio of parasite-infected cells to the total number of red blood cells – called important determinant in selecting the appropriate treatment and drug dose.
Author: Pallavi T. Suradkar