GENERALIZATION OF RAYLEIGH MAXIMUM LIKELIHOOD DESPECKLING FILTER USING QUADRILATERAL KERNELS

Abstract
Speckle noise is the most prevalent noise in clinical ultrasound images. It visibly looks like light and dark spots and deduce the pixel intensity as murkiest. Gazing at fetal ultrasound images, the impact of edge and local fine details are more palpable for obstetricians and gynecologists to carry out prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease. A robust despeckling filter has to be contrived to proficiently suppress speckle noise and simultaneously preserve the features. The proposed filter is the generalization of Rayleigh maximum likelihood filter by the exploitation of statistical tools as tuning parameters and use different shapes of quadrilateral kernels to estimate the noise free pixel from neighborhood. The performance of various filters namely Median, Kuwahura, Frost, Homogenous mask filter and Rayleigh maximum likelihood filter are compared with the proposed filter in terms PSNR and image profile. Comparatively the proposed filters surpass the conventional filters.

Authors
S. Sridevi1 and S. Nirmala2
1Paavai Engineering College, India,2Muthayammal Engineering College, India

Keywords
Rayleigh Maximum Likelihood Estimator, Speckle Suppression, Statistical Inference, Quadrilateral Kernel, Homogeneity Region
Published By :
ICTACT
Published In :
ICTACT Journal on Image and Video Processing
( Volume: 3 , Issue: 3 )
Date of Publication :
February 2013

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