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International Journal of Biomedical Imaging
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 797924, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/797924
Research Article

Improving Image Quality in Medical Images Using a Combined Method of Undecimated Wavelet Transform and Wavelet Coefficient Mapping

1Department of Radiological Technology, Graduate School of Health Sciences, Niigata University, 2-746 Asahimachi-dori, Niigata 951-8518, Japan
2Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering, Hungkuang University, Taichung 43302, Taiwan

Received 5 August 2013; Revised 30 October 2013; Accepted 8 November 2013

Academic Editor: J. C. Chen

Copyright © 2013 Du-Yih Tsai et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We propose a method for improving image quality in medical images by using a wavelet-based approach. The proposed method integrates two components: image denoising and image enhancement. In the first component, a modified undecimated discrete wavelet transform is used to eliminate the noise. In the second component, a wavelet coefficient mapping function is applied to enhance the contrast of denoised images obtained from the first component. This methodology can be used not only as a means for improving visual quality of medical images but also as a preprocessing module for computer-aided detection/diagnosis systems to improve the performance of screening and detecting regions of interest in images. To confirm its superiority over existing state-of-the-art methods, the proposed method is experimentally evaluated via 30 mammograms and 20 chest radiographs. It is demonstrated that the proposed method can further improve the image quality of mammograms and chest radiographs, as compared to two other methods in the literature. These results reveal the effectiveness and superiority of the proposed method.