Signal, Image and Video Processing

, Volume 9, Issue 7, pp 1543–1548 | Cite as

Iterative bilateral filter for Rician noise reduction in MR images

  • R. Riji
  • Jeny Rajan
  • Jan Sijbers
  • Madhu S. NairEmail author
Original Paper


Noise removal from magnetic resonance images is important for further processing and visual analysis. Bilateral filter is known for its effectiveness in edge-preserved image denoising. In this paper, an iterative bilateral filter for filtering the Rician noise in the magnitude magnetic resonance images is proposed. The proposed iterative bilateral filter improves the denoising efficiency, preserves the fine structures and also reduces the bias due to Rician noise. The visual and diagnostic quality of the image is well preserved. The quantitative analysis based on the standard metrics like peak signal-to-noise ratio and mean structural similarity index matrix shows that the proposed method performs better than the other recently proposed denoising methods for MRI.


Bilateral filtering Magnetic resonance imaging Rician noise Image denoising 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Riji
    • 1
  • Jeny Rajan
    • 2
    • 3
  • Jan Sijbers
    • 2
  • Madhu S. Nair
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of KeralaKariavattom, ThiruvananthapuramIndia
  2. 2.iMinds-Vision Lab, Department of PhysicsUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  3. 3.Image and Speech Processing Lab, Department of Computer Science and EngineeringNational Institute of TechnologySurathkalIndia

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