Denoising medical imagery using a novel framework
Kozaitis, Samuel P.
Mehta, Jeetkumar M.
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We proposed a novel framework that allows a method optimized for white noise to be used for denoising CT imagery. We considered low-dose x-ray CT imagery where lowering the dose of x-rays results in an increase in quantum noise. We first denoised an image independently several times using different parameters. Then, we selected pixels from those denoised images to form a final composite image. We produced results using blockmatching denoising, but in principle other methods could work within this framework, as well. The proposed method was able to better reproduce regions of low-contrast than the conventional BM3D approach.