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Glen Lehman

Other affiliations: Sao Paulo State University
Bio: Glen Lehman is an academic researcher. The author has contributed to research in topics: Pattern recognition (psychology) & Artificial intelligence. The author has co-authored 1 publications. Previous affiliations of Glen Lehman include Sao Paulo State University.

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TL;DR: In this paper , the authors used synthetic data generated by software for training DNNs to denoise DBT real data, showing that the synthesized noise is in the same sample space as the target image.
Abstract: Image denoising based on deep neural networks (DNN) needs a big dataset containing digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) projections acquired in different radiation doses to be trained, which is impracticable. Therefore, we propose extensively investigating the use of synthetic data generated by software for training DNNs to denoise DBT real data.The approach consists of generating a synthetic dataset representative of the DBT sample space by software, containing noisy and original images. Synthetic data were generated in two different ways: (a) virtual DBT projections generated by OpenVCT and (b) noisy images synthesized from photography regarding noise models used in DBT (e.g., Poisson-Gaussian noise). Then, DNN-based denoising techniques were trained using a synthetic dataset and tested for denoising physical DBT data. Results were evaluated in quantitative (PSNR and SSIM measures) and qualitative (visual analysis) terms. Furthermore, a dimensionality reduction technique (t-SNE) was used for visualization of sample spaces of synthetic and real datasets.The experiments showed that training DNN models with synthetic data could denoise DBT real data, achieving competitive results to traditional methods in quantitative terms but showing a better balance between noise filtering and detail preservation in a visual analysis. T-SNE enables us to visualize if synthetic and real noises are in the same sample space.We propose a solution for the lack of suitable training data to train DNN models for denoising DBT projections, showing that we just need the synthesized noise to be in the same sample space as the target image.