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DCT-based denoising in multichannel imaging with reference

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1167-1191
Number of pages25
JournalTelecommunications and Radio Engineering
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


A task of denoising of a component image of multichannel data is considered in this paper assuming that a reference (noise-free) image is available. We propose a denoising approach based on three-dimensional (3D) discrete cosine transform (DCT) applied in blocks. We show that a use of a reference image allows improving the denoising performance (measured by different quality metrics) although it depends on several factors such as a choice of the reference and the way it is pre-processed. One of the most important requirements to achieve a good performance is a similarity between to be processed and the reference images. A high cross-correlation between them is a necessary but not sufficient condition. These images should have also close dynamic range. If all these requirements are satisfied by an appropriate choice or by preprocessing of the reference, improvements of the metrics PSNR and PSNR-HVS-M can be up to 3...5 dB compared to the component-wise DCT-based image denoising. We also analyze and process real-life hyperspectral images and provide examples showing efficiency of filtering noisy component images using other components with high signal-to-noise ratios as references.

ASJC Scopus subject areas


  • 3D-DCT, Denoising, Image processing, Multichannel images, Quality metrics, Reference image

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