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Bilateral Filtering of Diffusion Tensor Magnetic Resonance Images

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2 Author(s)
Hamarneh, G. ; Simon Fraser Univ., Burnaby ; Hradsky, J.

We extend the well-known scalar image bilateral filtering technique to diffusion tensor magnetic resonance images (DTMRI). The scalar version of bilateral image filtering is extended to perform edge-preserving smoothing of DT field data. The bilateral DT filtering is performed in the log-Euclidean framework which guarantees valid output tensors. Smoothing is achieved by weighted averaging of neighboring tensors. Analogous to bilateral filtering of scalar images, the weights are chosen to be inversely proportional to two distance measures: The geometrical Euclidean distance between the spatial locations of tensors and the dissimilarity of tensors. We describe the noniterative DT smoothing equation in closed form and show how interpolation of DT data is treated as a special case of bilateral filtering where only spatial distance is used. We evaluate different DT tensor dissimilarity metrics including the log-Euclidean, the similarity-invariant log-Euclidean, the square root of the J-divergence, and the distance scaled mutual diffusion coefficient. We present qualitative and quantitative smoothing and interpolation results and show their effect on segmentation, for both synthetic DT field data, as well as real cardiac and brain DTMRI data.

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Image Processing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:16 ,  Issue: 10 )