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Adaptive robust filters in MRI
Author(s): Fernando A. Barrios; Leopoldo Gonzalez-Santos; Rafael Favila; Rafael Rojas
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Paper Abstract

An adaptive noise filter that can be used in MRI for noise reduction is presented. The algorithm is mainly based on the robust estimator, mode. Using the mode as the gray scale value estimator it is possible to differentiate the structures of interest from the background noise. Noise reduction is one of the most common image correction procedures, used in the enhancement of digital images. Wildly used noise reduction filters for digital imaging are based on median estimation, median filters. Eery time noise reduction filters are applied to an image there is a general softening or blurring of it, in particular mean filters are characterized by a strong softening effect for the case of high amplitude noise levels, practically destroying all the fine features in the filtered image. This problem is significantly reduced when median filters are used. The adaptive mode filter proposed in this work have very good noise reduction effect without a strong softening effect and is comparable in CPU time to the median filters. This fine resolution is achieved because the filter changes the mode estimator according to the difference of the deviation of the mode calculated for each the neighborhood of pixels with the global deviation of the mode for each class in the image. We consider it robust, because it uses the mode of gray-scale intensity distribution of the pixels neighborhood and its mode deviation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 May 2002
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4684, Medical Imaging 2002: Image Processing, (9 May 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.467058
Show Author Affiliations
Fernando A. Barrios, Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico)
Leopoldo Gonzalez-Santos, Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico)
Rafael Favila, Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and Univ. Autonoma Metropolitana (Mexico)
Rafael Rojas, Hospital ABC (Mexico)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4684:
Medical Imaging 2002: Image Processing
Milan Sonka; J. Michael Fitzpatrick, Editor(s)

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