Wavelet-based enhanced medical image super resolution

Farah Deeba, She Kun, Fayaz Ali Dharejo, Yuanchun Zhou

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Low-resolution medical images can seriously interfere with the medical diagnosis, and poor image quality can lead to loss of detailed information. Therefore, improving the quality of medical images and accelerating the reconstruction is of particular importance for diagnosis. To solve this problem, we propose a wavelet-based mini-grid network medical image super-resolution (WMSR) method, which is similar to the three-layer hidden-layer-based super-resolution convolutional neural network (SRCNN) method. Due to the amplification characteristics of wavelets, a stationary wavelet transform (SWT) is used instead of a discrete wavelet transform (DWT). Also, due to the nature of redundant (scale-by-scale) wavelets, it is possible to retain additional information about the image and restore high-resolution images in detail. For a large amount of training data, wavelet sub-band images, including approximation and frequency subbands are combined into a predefined full-scale factor. The mapping between the wavelet sub-band image and its approximate image is then determined. In order to ensure the reproducibility of the image, a method of adding a sub-pixel layer is proposed to realize the hidden layer, and replacing the small mini-grid-network on the hidden layer is of considerable significance to speed up the image recovery speed. Experimental results on the peak signal-to-noise ratio (PSNR) and structural similarity index (SSIM) show that the model has better performance.

Original languageBritish English
Article number9000539
Pages (from-to)37035-37044
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Access
StatePublished - 2020


  • deep learning
  • Medical images
  • super-resolution (SR)
  • wavelet learning


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