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IEEE Trans Med Imaging. 2017 Jan;36(1):181-193. doi: 10.1109/TMI.2016.2601243. Epub 2016 Aug 18.

Noise Estimation and Reduction in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Using a New Multispectral Nonlocal Maximum-likelihood Filter.

Abstract

Denoising of magnetic resonance (MR) images enhances diagnostic accuracy, the quality of image manipulations such as registration and segmentation, and parameter estimation. The first objective of this paper is to introduce a new, high-performance, nonlocal filter for noise reduction in MR image sets consisting of progressively-weighted, that is, multispectral, images. This filter is a multispectral extension of the nonlocal maximum likelihood filter (NLML). Performance was evaluated on synthetic and in-vivo T2 - and T1 -weighted brain imaging data, and compared to the nonlocal-means (NLM) and its multispectral version, that is, MS-NLM, and the nonlocal maximum likelihood (NLML) filters. Visual inspection of filtered images and quantitative analyses showed that all filters provided substantial reduction of noise. Further, as expected, the use of multispectral information improves filtering quality. In addition, numerical and experimental analyses indicated that the new multispectral NLML filter, MS-NLML, demonstrated markedly less blurring and loss of image detail than seen with the other filters evaluated. In addition, since noise standard deviation (SD) is an important parameter for all of these nonlocal filters, a multispectral extension of the method of maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) of noise amplitude is presented and compared to both local and nonlocal MLE methods. Numerical and experimental analyses indicated the superior performance of this multispectral method for estimation of noise SD.

PMID:
27552743
PMCID:
PMC5958909
DOI:
10.1109/TMI.2016.2601243
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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