Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures & Augmented Reality
Lehrstuhl für Informatikanwendungen in der Medizin & Augmented Reality

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M. Blume, D. Zikic, W. Wein, N. Navab
A New and General Method for Blind Shift-Variant Deconvolution of Biomedical Images
Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention (MICCAI 2007), Brisbane, Australia, October 2007 (bib)

We present a new method for blind deconvolution of multiple noisy images blurred by a shift-variant point-spread-function (PSF). We focus on a setting in which several images of the same object are available, and a transformation between these images is known. This setting occurs frequently in biomedical imaging, for example in microscopy or in medical ultrasound imaging. By using the information from multiple observations, we are able to improve the quality of images blurred by a shift-variant filter, without prior knowledge of this filter. Also, in contrast to other work on blind and shift-variant deconvolution, in our approach no parametrization of the PSF is required. We evaluate the proposed method quantitatively on synthetically degraded data as well as qualitatively on 3D ultrasound images of liver. The algorithm yields good restoration results and proves to be robust even in presence of high noise levels in the images.
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