EMPLOYMENT OF MODIFIED HOMOMORPHIC FILTERS IN MEDICAL IMAGING
Surobhi, Nusrat Ahmed
Amin, Md. Ruhul
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The most vivacious area of the image processing is image enhancement. Newer techniques and ideas are being routinely incorporated to this field for the proper enhancement to make the original image suitable for some specific purposes. However, the techniques that are suitable for X-ray image enhancement may not necessarily be suitable for enhancement of the Satellite Telescope Transmitted (STT) images. Many times, Medical images especially X-ray images are required to be sharper than its original version for proper information extraction that is necessary for diagnostic purposes. Homomorphic filters that actually belong to the group of the sharpening filters can be employed for finding fine details in the X-ray images. The Homomorphic filters use the Discrete Fourier Transforms (DFT) as the core transform. Presently, more efficient tools for transformations are being used; such as the Discrete Cosine Transform (DCT), Discrete Wavelet Transform (DWT), Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) and Fast Wavelet Transform (FWT) in digital image processing. In this paper, along with the conventional DFT technique, DCT, DWT, FFT and FWT are incorporated in the image transformation process that consequently modifies the core process of Homomorphic filters. The performance of the resulting modified Homomorphic filters are compared with that of the original filter. The performance enrichment has become evident from the numerical and the visual comparisons.