MRI and PET image fusion using structure tensor and dual ripplet-II transform
Multimodality medical image fusion plays a vital role in diagnosis, treatment planning, and follow-up studies of various diseases. It provides a composite image containing critical information of source images required for better localization and definition of different organs and lesions. In the state-of-the-art image fusion methods based on nonsubsampled shearlet transform (NSST) and pulse-coupled neural network (PCNN), authors have used normalized coefficient value to motivate the PCNN-processing both low-frequency (LF) and high-frequency (HF) sub-bands. This makes the fused image blurred and decreases its contrast. The main objective of this work is to design an image fusion method that gives the fused image with better contrast, more detail information, and suitable for clinical use. We propose a novel image fusion method utilizing feature-motivated adaptive PCNN in NSST domain for fusion of anatomical images. The basic PCNN model is simplified, and adaptive-linking strength is used. Different features are used to motivate the PCNN-processing LF and HF sub-bands. The proposed method is extended for fusion of functional image with an anatomical image in improved nonlinear intensity hue and saturation (INIHS) color model. Extensive fusion experiments have been performed on CT-MRI and SPECT-MRI datasets. Visual and quantitative analysis of experimental results proved that the proposed method provides satisfactory fusion outcome compared to other image fusion methods.