Peer Review #2 of "Ultrasound image denoising using generative adversarial networks with residual dense connectivity and weighted joint loss (v0.1)" [peer_review]

2022 unpublished
Background. Ultrasound imaging has been recognized as a powerful tool in clinical diagnosis. Nonetheless, the presence of speckle noise degrades the signal-to-noise of ultrasound images. Various denoising algorithms cannot fully reduce speckle noise and retain image features well for ultrasound image. With the development of deep learning, the application of deep learning in ultrasound image denoising has attracted more and more attention in recent years. Methods. In the article, we propose a
more » ... nerative adversarial network with residual dense connectivity and weighted joint loss (GAN-RW) to avoid the limitations of traditional image denoising algorithms and surpass the most advanced performance of ultrasound image denoising. The denoising network is based on U-Net architecture which includes four encoder and four decoder modules. Each of the encoder and decoder is replaced with residual dense connectivity and BN to remove speckle noise. The discriminator network applies a series of convolutional layers to identify differences between the translated images and the desired modality. In the training processes, we introduce a joint loss function consisting of a weighted sum of the L1 loss function, binary crossentropy with a logit loss function and perceptual loss function. Results. We split experiments into two parts. First, experiments were performed on Berkeley segmentation (BSD68) datasets corrupted by simulated speckle. Compared with the eight existing denoising algorithms, the GAN-RW achieved the most advanced despeckling performance in terms of the peak signal-to-noise ratio (PSNR), structural similarity (SSIM) and subjective visual effect. When the noise level was 15, the average value of the GAN-RW
doi:10.7287/peerj-cs.873v0.1/reviews/2 fatcat:p5yz3ywyfbcehhwvld544vzdim