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Super-resolution for medical images corrupted by heavy noise
Author(s): Dai-Viet Tran; Marie Luong; Sébastien Li-Thao-Té; Jean-Marie Rocchisani; Françoise Dibos; Thuong Le-Tien
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Paper Abstract

Medical images often suffer from noise and low-resolution, which may compromise the accuracy of diagnosis. How to improve the image resolution in cases of heavy noise is still a challenging issue. This paper introduces a novel Examplebased Super-resolution (SR) method for medical images corrupted by heavy Poisson noise, integrating efficiently denoising and SR in the same framework. The purpose is to estimate a high-resolution (HR) image from a single noisy low-resolution (LR) image, with the help of a given set of standard images which are used as examples to construct the database. Precisely, for each patch in the noisy LR image, the idea is to find its nearest neighbor patches from the database and use them to estimate the HR patch by computing a regression function based on the construction of a reproducing kernel Hilbert space. To obtain the corresponding set of k-nearest neighbors in the database, a coarse search using the shortest Euclidean distance is first performed, followed by a refined search using a criterion based on the distribution of Poisson noise and the Anscombe transformation. This paper also evaluates the performance of the method comparing to other state-of-the-art denoising methods and SR methods. The obtained results demonstrate its efficiency, especially for heavy Poisson noise.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 March 2015
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9413, Medical Imaging 2015: Image Processing, 94130E (20 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2082314
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Dai-Viet Tran, LAGA, Univ. Paris 13 (France)
Marie Luong, L2TI, Univ. Paris 13 (France)
Sébastien Li-Thao-Té, LAGA, Univ. Paris 13 (France)
Jean-Marie Rocchisani, LAGA, Univ. Paris 13 (France)
Hôpital Avicenne (France)
Françoise Dibos, LAGA, Univ. Paris 13 (France)
Thuong Le-Tien, Univ. of Technology (Viet Nam)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9413:
Medical Imaging 2015: Image Processing
Sébastien Ourselin; Martin A. Styner, Editor(s)

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