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Automatic retinal image quality assessment and enhancement
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes a method for machine (computer) assessment of the quality of a retinal image. The method provides an over-all quantitative and objective measure using a quality index Q. The Q of a retinal image is calculated by the convolution of a template intensity histogram obtained from a set of typically good retinal images and the intensity histogram of the retinal image. After normalization, the Q has a maximum value of 1, indicating excellent quality, and a minimum value of 0, indicating bad quality. The paper also presents several application examples of Q in image enhancement. It is shown that the use of Q can help computer scientists evaluate the suitability and effectiveness of image enhancement methods, both quantitatively and objectively. It can further help computer scientists improve retinal image quality on a more scientific basis. Additionally, this machine image quality measure can also help physicians make medical diagnosis with more certainty and higher accuracy. Finally, it should be noted that although retinal images are used in this study, the methodology is applicable to the image quality assessment and enhancement of other types of medical images.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 May 1999
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3661, Medical Imaging 1999: Image Processing, (21 May 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.348562
Show Author Affiliations
Samuel C. Lee, Univ. of Oklahoma (United States)
Yiming Wang, Univ. of Oklahoma (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3661:
Medical Imaging 1999: Image Processing
Kenneth M. Hanson, Editor(s)

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