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This paper presents a new class of image noise smoothing algorithms utilizing the membership information of the neighboring pixels. The basic idea of this method is to compute the smoothed output using neighboring pixels from the same cluster to avoid image blurring. A fuzzy c-means algorithm is first applied to the image to separate the image pixels into a(More)
The maximum likelihood expectation maximization (MLEM) algorithm has several advantages over the conventional filtered back-projection (FBP) for image reconstruction. However, the slow convergence and the high computational cost for its practical implementation have limited its clinical applications. This study proposes the incorporation of a thresholding(More)
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