Retinex Image Processing--Publications--SPIE 5108, Orlando, Florida Conference

Feature visibility limits in the non-linear enhancement of turbid images

Daniel J. Jobson, Zia-ur Rahman, Glenn A. Woodell


Abstract

The advancement of non-linear processing methods for generic automatic clarification of turbid imagery has led us from extensions of entirely passive multiscale Retinex processing to a new framework of active measurement and control of the enhancement process called the Visual Servo. In the process of testing this new non-linear computational scheme, we have identified that feature visibility limits in the post-enhancement image now simplify to a single signal-to-noise figure of merit: a feature is visible if the feature-background signal difference is greater than the RMS noise level. In other words, a signal-to-noise limit of approximately unity constitutes a lower limit on feature visibility.

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