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Author :  Qiaoqiao Li

Affiliation :  Akita Prefectural University

Country :  Japan

Category :  Computer Science & Information Technology

Volume, Issue, Month, Year :  8, 17, December, 2018

Abstract :

Medical image fusion plays an important role in clinical application such as image-guided radiotherapy and surgery, and treatment planning. The main purpose of the medical image fusion is to fuse different multi-modal images, such as MRI and CT, into a single image. In this paper, a novel fusion method is proposed based on a fast structure-preserving filter for medical image MRI and CT of a brain. The fast structure preserving filter is a novel double weighted average image filter (SGF) which enables to smooth out high-contrast detail and textures while preserving major image structures very well. The workflow of the proposed method is as follows: first, the detail layers of two source images are obtained by using the structurepreserving filter. Second, compute the weights of each source image by calculating from the detail layer with the help of image statistics. Finally, fuse source images by weighted average using the computed weights. Experimental results show that the proposed method is superior to the existing medical image fusion method in terms of subjective evaluation and objective evaluation.

Keyword :  Multimodal image fusion, structure-preserving filter, weighted average.

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