De-Noising via Wavelet Transforms Using Steerable Filters

Laine, Andrew F.; Chang, Chun-Ming

Feature extraction remains an important part of low-level vision. Traditional oriented filters have been effective tools to identify features, such as lines and edges. Steerable filters, which can be adjusted at arbitrary orientation, have made decisions of feature orientations more precise. Combined with a pyramid structure of a multiscale representation, these filters can provide a reliable and efficient tool for image analysis. This paper takes advantage of multiscale steerable filters in the context of de-noising. First a set of novel filters are designed, that decompose the frequency plane into distinct directional bands. Next, we identify the dominant direction and strength at each point of an image from quadrature pairs of steerable filters. A nonlinear threshold function is then applied to the filtered coefficients to suppress noise. The denoised image is restored from coefficients modified at each level of transform space. We demonstrate the benefits of multiscale steerable filters for de-noising and show that it can greatly reduce noise while preserving image features. Two examples are presented to verify the efficacy of the technique.


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Biomedical Engineering
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August 18, 2010


1995 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems: Seattle, Washington, USA, April 30-May 3, 1995, vol. 3 (Piscataway, NJ: IEEE Service Center, 1995), pp. 1956-1959.