Non-local means denoising ofprojection images in cone beamcomputed tomography
Abstract: A new edge preserving denoising method is used to increase image quality in cone beam computed tomography. The reconstruction algorithm for cone beam computed tomography used by Elekta enhances high frequency image details, e.g. noise, and we propose that denoising is done on the projection images before reconstruction. The denoising method is shown to have a connection with computational statistics and some mathematical improvements to the method are considered. Comparisons are made with the state-of-theart method on both artificial and physical objects. The results show that the smoothness of the images is enhanced at the cost of blurring out image details. Some results show how the setting of the method parameters influence the trade off between smoothness and blurred image details in the images.
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