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Title
Maximum likelihood estimation-based denoising of magnetic resonance images using restricted local neighborhoods
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Abstract
In this paper, we propose a method to denoise magnitude magnetic resonance (MR) images, which are Rician distributed. Conventionally, maximum likelihood methods incorporate the Rice distribution to estimate the true, underlying signal from a local neighborhood within which the signal is assumed to be constant. However, if this assumption is not met, such filtering will lead to blurred edges and loss of fine structures. As a solution to this problem, we put forward the concept of restricted local neighborhoods where the true intensity for each noisy pixel is estimated from a set of preselected neighboring pixels. To this end, a reference image is created from the noisy image using a recently proposed nonlocal means algorithm. This reference image is used as a prior for further noise reduction. A scheme is developed to locally select an appropriate subset of pixels from which the underlying signal is estimated. Experimental results based on the peak signal to noise ratio, structural similarity index matrix, Bhattacharyya coefficient and mean absolute difference from synthetic and real MR images demonstrate the superior performance of the proposed method over other state-of-the-art methods.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Physics in medicine & biology. - London
Publication
London : 2011
ISSN
0031-9155
Volume/pages
56:16(2011), p. 5221-5234
ISI
000294784900010
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UAntwerpen
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Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Creation 02.08.2011
Last edited 06.08.2017
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