Geodesic distances in probabilistic spaces for patch-based ultrasound image processing
Many recent ultrasound image processing methods are based on patch comparison, such as filtering and segmentation. Identifying similar patches in noise corrupted images is a key factor for the performance of these methods. While the Euclidean distance is ideal to handle the patch comparison under additive Gaussian noise, finding good measures to compare patches corrupted by multiplicative noise is still an open research. In this study, we deduce several new geodesic distances, arising from parametric probabilistic spaces, and suggest them as similarity measures to process RF and log-compressed ultrasound images in patch-based methods. We provide practical examples using these measures in the fields of ultrasound image filtering and segmentation, with results that confirm the potential of the technique.
ultrasound imaging, geodesic distances, Rayleigh noise, Fisher Tippett noise