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Optical Engineering

Adaptive neighborhood contrast enhancement in mammographic phantom images
Author(s): Vincente H. Guis; Mouloud Adel; Monique Rasigni; Georges Rasigni; Patrice Heid
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Paper Abstract

With a view of quantitatively evaluating image quality in mammographic systems from an automated computerized analysis of digitized mammographic phantom films, an image enhancement method for such images is presented. In this framework an adaptive neighborhood image processing technique with a contrast-enhancement function is used. The method consists of computing a local contrast around each pixel using a variable neighborhood whose size and shape depend on the statistical properties around the given pixel. The obtained image is then transformed into a new contrast image using several contrast-enhancement functions. Finally, an inverse contrast transform is applied to the previous image. To compare contrast-enhancement functions, images simulating objects similar to those observed in the phantom image, with various relative contrasts and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) levels, are generated. Several parameters including the output-to-input SNR ratio and the mean squared error are used as comparison criteria. Results show that this process enhances features in the image with little enhancement of noise and that a trigonometric contrast-enhancement function performs best for studying phantom images.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Opt. Eng. 42(2) doi: 10.1117/1.1534846
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 42, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
Vincente H. Guis, I.P.B.M., case ECI (France)
Mouloud Adel, I.P.B.M., case ECI (France)
Monique Rasigni, Univ. d'Aix-Marseille III (France)
Georges Rasigni, Univ. d'Aix-Marseille III (France)
Patrice Heid, ARCADES (France)

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