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Scale-based method for correcting background intensity variation in acquired images
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Paper Abstract

An automatic, acquisition-protocol-independent, entirely image-based strategy for correcting background intensity variation in medical images has been developed. Local scale - a fundamental image property that is derivable entirely from the image and that does not require any prior knowledge about the imaging protocol or object material property distributions - is used to obtain a set of homogeneous regions, no matter what each region is, and to fit a 2nd degree polynomial to the intensity variation within them. This polynomial is used to correct the intensity variation. The above procedure is repeated for the corrected image until the size of segmented homogeneous regions does not change significantly from that in the previous iteration. Intensity scale standardization is effected to make sure that the corrected images are not biased by the fitting strategy. The method has been tested on 1000 3D mathematical phantoms, which include 5 levels each of blurring and noise and 4 types of background variation - additive and multiplicative Gaussian and ramp. It has also been tested on 10 clinical MRI data sets of the brain. These tests, and a comparison with the method of homomorphic filtering, indicate the effectiveness of the method.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 May 2002
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4684, Medical Imaging 2002: Image Processing, (9 May 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.467067
Show Author Affiliations
Ying Zhuge, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Jayaram K. Udupa, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Jiamin Liu, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Punam K. Saha, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Tad Iwanage, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)

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

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