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An adaptive weighted median filter for speckle suppression in medical ultrasonic images

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3 Author(s)
Loupas, T. ; Edinburgh Univ., UK ; McDicken, W.N. ; Allan, P.L.

A method for reducing speckle noise in medical ultrasonic images is presented. It is called the adaptive weighted median filter (AWMF) and is based on the weighted median, which originates from the well-known median filter through the introduction of weight coefficients. By adjusting the weight coefficients and consequently the smoothing characteristics of the filter according to the local statistics around each point of the image, it is possible to suppress noise while edges and other important features are preserved. Application of the filter to several ultrasonic scans has shown that processing improves the detectability of small structures and subtle gray-scale variations without affecting the sharpness or anatomical information of the original image. Comparison with the pure median filter demonstrates the superiority of adaptive techniques over their space-invariant counterparts. Examples of processed images show that the AWMF preserves small details better than other nonlinear space-varying filters which offer equal noise reduction in uniform areas.<>

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Circuits and Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:36 ,  Issue: 1 )