tions, we showed that artifacts could be minimized. An additional advantage of this simple enhancement function was that its mathematical formulation included a generalization of traditional unsharp masking as a subset.

We then showed how an edge-preserving denoising stage (wavelet shrinkage) could be incorporated into the contrast enhancement framework, and introduced a method for adaptive threshold estimation. We then showed how denoising and enhancement operations should be carried out for two-dimensional images to avoid distortions due to filter orientation.

Contrast enhancement was also applied to features of specific interest to mammography, including masses, spicules, and microcalcifications. Multiresolution representations provide an adaptive mechanism for the local emphasis of such features blended into digitized mammograms. In general, improvements in image contrast based on multiscale processing were superior to those obtained using competitive algorithms of unsharp masking and adaptive histogram equalization.

Deslauriers-Dubuc interpolation (see Fig. 17) representations [34] on an interval enabled us to enhance arbitrary regions of interest. As shown in Fig. 21 and Fig. 22, this can provide radiologists an interactive capability for enhancing only suspicious regions of a mammogram. It also reduced the computational cost compared to processing an entire mam-mogram. These results suggest that wavelet-based image processing algorithms could play an important role in improving the imaging performance of digital mammography, as well as other clinical applications.


This work was sponsored in part by the Whitaker Foundation, and the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development

Command Grant number DAMD17-93-J-3003. The authors express sincere appreciation to Ralf Mekle and Yinpeng Jin for their time and efforts in editing and preparing the figures included in the final manuscript.


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