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Image contrast enhancement based on a local standard deviation model

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2 Author(s)
Dah-Chung Chang ; Dept. of Commun. Eng., Nat. Chiao Tung Univ., Hsinchu, Taiwan ; Wen-Rong Wu

The adaptive contrast enhancement (ACE) algorithm is a widely used image enhancement method, which needs a contrast gain to adjust high frequency components of an image. In the literature, the gain is usually inversely proportional to the local standard deviation (LSD) or is a constant. But these cause two problems in practical applications, i.e., noise overenhancement and ringing artifact. Here, a new gain is developed based on Hunt's (1976) Gaussian image model to prevent the two defects. The new gain is a nonlinear function of LSD and has the desired characteristic emphasizing the LSD regions in which details are concentrated. The authors have applied the new ACE algorithm to chest X-ray images and the simulations show the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm

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Nuclear Science Symposium, 1996. Conference Record., 1996 IEEE  (Volume:3 )

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2-9 Nov 1996