M2 FILTER FOR SPECKLE NOISE SUPPRESSION IN BREAST ULTRASOUND IMAGES

Abstract
Breast cancer, commonly found in women is a serious life threatening disease due to its invasive nature. Ultrasound (US) imaging method plays an effective role in screening early detection and diagnosis of Breast cancer. Speckle noise generally affects medical ultrasound images and also causes a number of difficulties in identifying the Region of Interest. Suppressing speckle noise is a challenging task as it destroys fine edge details. No specific filter is designed yet to get a noise free BUS image that is contaminated by speckle noise. In this paper M2 filter, a novel hybrid of linear and nonlinear filter is proposed and compared to other spatial filters with 3×3 kernel size. The performance of the proposed M2 filter is measured by statistical quantity parameters like MSE, PSNR and SSI. The experimental analysis clearly shows that the proposed M2 filter outperforms better than other spatial filters by 2% high PSNR values with regards to speckle suppression.

Authors
E.S. Samundeeswari1, P.K. Saranya2, R. Manavalan3
Vellalar College for Women, India1,2, Arignar Anna Government Arts College, Villupuram, India3

Keywords
Ultrasound Imaging, Speckle Noise, Spatial Filters, M3 Filter, M2 Filter
Published By :
ICTACT
Published In :
ICTACT Journal on Image and Video Processing
( Volume: 6 , Issue: 2 )
Date of Publication :
November 2015

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