Visibility Recovery on Images Acquired in Attenuating Media. Application to Underwater, Fog, and Mammographic Imaging
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Underwater Image Enhancement
When acquired in attenuating media, digital images often suffer from a particularly complex degradation that reduces their visual quality, hindering their suitability for further computational applications, or simply decreasing the visual pleasantness for the user. In these cases, mathematical image processing reveals itself as an ideal tool to recover some of the information lost during the degradation process. In this dissertation, we deal with three of such practical scenarios in which this problematic is specially relevant, namely, underwater image enhancement, fog removal and mammographic image processing. In the case of digital mammograms, X-ray beams traverse human tissue, and electronic detectors capture them as they reach the other side. However, the superposition on a bidimensional image of three-dimensional structures produces lowcontrasted images in which structures of interest suffer from a diminished visibility, obstructing diagnosis tasks. Regarding fog removal, ...