—A generalized filter for enhancing fetal structures to aid feature extraction for design of automated clinical diagnosis and decision making system for fetal pathology identification has been presented in this paper. A new class of nonlinear filter, the combinational nonlinear mean median (CNLMM) filter with progressive switching median scheme for speckle detection and maximum likelihood mean estimator for speckle suppression has been proposed. Experimental analysis has been on a database of 1978 fetal images, obtained from high resolution scanners of various make with various features varying in shape, size and texture. For better analysis, the prominent fetal features have been grouped into linear, angular, curved and homogeneous features. A detailed comparison with various traditional filters has also been made and presented. It has been inferred from the quantitative analysis that the proposed CNLMM filter produces better and stable results compared to its counterparts for all the above feature structures, making it a suitable scheme for speckle suppression.
—Ultrasound Fetal images, Speckle suppression, Nonlinear filters, CNLMM filters.
B.Priestly Shan is with the Centre for Advanced Research, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Muthayammal Engineering College, Rasipuram – 637 408, Tamilnadu, India. E-mail : email@example.com.
M.Madheswaran was with PSNA Engineering College and now associated with the Centre for Advanced Research, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Muthayammal Engineering College, Rasipuram – 637 408, Tamilnadu, India. He was also a Research fellow at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cite: B.Priestly Shan and M.Madheswaran, "A Generalized Despeckling Filter for Enhancing Fetal Structures to Aid Automated Obstetric Pathologies," International Journal of Computer Theory and Engineering
vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 445-453, 2010.