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A blurring index for medical images.

Authors
  • Chen, Tzong-Jer
  • Chuang, Keh-Shih
  • Chang, Jen-Hao
  • Shiao, Ya-Hui
  • Chuang, Chun-Chao
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of digital imaging
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2006
Volume
19
Issue
2
Pages
118–125
Identifiers
PMID: 16283091
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study was undertaken to investigate a useful image blurring index. This work is based on our previously developed method, the Moran peak ratio. Medical images are often deteriorated by noise or blurring. Image processing techniques are used to eliminate these two factors. The denoising process may improve image visibility with a trade-off of edge blurring and may introduce undesirable effects in an image. These effects also exist in images reconstructed using the lossy image compression technique. Blurring and degradation in image quality increases with an increase in the lossy image compression ratio. Objective image quality metrics [e.g., normalized mean square error (NMSE)] currently do not provide spatial information about image blurring. In this article, the Moran peak ratio is proposed for quantitative measurement of blurring in medical images. We show that the quantity of image blurring is dependent upon the ratio between the processed peak of Moran's Z histogram and the original image. The peak ratio of Moran's Z histogram can be used to quantify the degree of image blurring. This method produces better results than the standard gray level distribution deviation. The proposed method can also be used to discern blurriness in an image using different image compression algorithms.

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