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An adaptive approach to mammographic image denoising and enhancement

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2 Author(s)
Scharcanski, J. ; Univ. Fed. do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil ; Jung, C.R.

This paper describes a new method for mammographic image noise suppression and enhancement based on the wavelet transform. At each resolution, coefficients associated with noise are modelled by Gaussian random variables; coefficients associated with edges are modelled by generalized Gaussian random variables, and a shrinkage function is assembled based on posterior probabilities. The shrinkage functions at consecutive scales are combined, and then applied to the wavelet coefficients. Given a resolution of analysis, the image denoising process is adaptive (i.e. does not require further parameter adjustments), and the selection of a gain factor provides the desired detail enhancement. The enhancement function was designed to avoid introducing artifacts in the enhancement process, which is essential in mammographic image analysis. Our preliminary results indicate that our method allows us to detect microcalcifications and other suspicious structures in situations where their detection would be difficult otherwise. Compared to other approaches, our method requires less parameter adjustments by the user.

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Computer Graphics and Image Processing, 2004. Proceedings. 17th Brazilian Symposium on

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17-20 Oct. 2004