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Testing a wavelet based noise reduction method using computer-simulated mammograms
Author(s): Christoph Hoeschen; Oleg Tischenko; David R. Dance; Roger A. Hunt; Andrew D. A. Maidment; Predrag R. Bakic
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Paper Abstract

A wavelet based method of noise reduction has been tested for mammography using computer-simulated images for which the truth is known exactly. This method is based on comparing two images at different scales, using a cross-correlation-function as a measure of similarity to define the image modifications in the wavelet domain. The computer-simulated images were calculated for noise-free primary radiation using a quasi-realistic voxel phantom. Two images corresponding to slightly different geometry were produced. Gaussian noise was added with a mean value of zero and a standard deviation equal to 0.25% to 10% of the actual pixel value to simulate quantum noise with a certain level. The added noise could be reduced by more than 70% using the proposed method without any noticeable corruption of the structures for 4% added noise. The results indicate that it is possible to save 50% dose in mammography by producing two images (each 25% of the dose for a standard mammogram). Additionally, a reduction or even a removal of the anatomical noise might be possible and therefore better detection rates of breast cancer in mammography might be achievable.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 April 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5745, Medical Imaging 2005: Physics of Medical Imaging, (20 April 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.595806
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Christoph Hoeschen, GSF-National Research Ctr. for Environment and Health (Germany)
Oleg Tischenko, GSF-National Research Ctr. for Environment and Health (Germany)
David R. Dance, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust London (United Kingdom)
Roger A. Hunt, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust London (United Kingdom)
Andrew D. A. Maidment, The Thomas Jefferson Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Predrag R. Bakic, The Thomas Jefferson Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5745:
Medical Imaging 2005: Physics of Medical Imaging
Michael J. Flynn, Editor(s)

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