A wavelet multiscale denoising algorithm for magnetic resonance (MR) images

Xiaofeng Yang, Baowei Fei
2011 Measurement science and technology  
Based on the Radon transform, a wavelet multiscale denoising method is proposed for MR images. The approach explicitly accounts for the Rician nature of MR data. Based on noise statistics we apply the Radon transform to the original MR images and use the Gaussian noise model to process the MR sinogram image. A translation invariant wavelet transform is employed to decompose the MR 'sinogram' into multiscales in order to effectively denoise the images. Based on the nature of Rician noise we
more » ... ate noise variance in different scales. For the final denoised sinogram we apply the inverse Radon transform in order to reconstruct the original MR images. Phantom, simulation brain MR images, and human brain MR images were used to validate our method. The experiment results show the superiority of the proposed scheme over the traditional methods. Our method can reduce Rician noise while preserving the key image details and features. The wavelet denoising method can have wide applications in MRI as well as other imaging modalities.
doi:10.1088/0957-0233/22/2/025803 pmid:23853425 pmcid:PMC3707516 fatcat:b2gfapizvvhbteknrcf43rcwua