Quality Improvement of Endoscopy Videos

Mirko Arnold, Stefan Ameling, Anarta Ghosh, and Gerard Lacey


Endoscopy, Image Enhancement, Specular Highlight Removal, Colour Correction


We address two quality issues in endoscopy videos originating from: (a) Colour Channel Misalignment: In current endoscope systems, the colour channel images are most commonly acquired sequentially at different time instances.Whenever the camera moves significantly between acquisition instances, the colour channels get misaligned.This misalignment degrades the quality of the video dueto the appearance of stroboscopic artefacts. (b) Specular Highlights: The surfaces of human organs, visualized in endoscopy videos, usually have a glossy appearance which causes specular highlights in the images. For many image analysis algorithms, these distinct and bright artefacts can become a significant source of error. In this paper, we propose two novel algorithms to remove the aforementioned artefacts. The colour channel misalignment artefacts are removed by estimating the camera motion in the time interval between the acquisition of two colour channel images.The issue of specular highlights is addressed using:(i) a segmentation method based on nonlinear filtering and colour image thresholding and (ii) a fast in painting method.Both algorithms are evaluated using image sets extracted from colonoscopy videos. The colour channel realignment algorithm achieved a success rate of 86% and 78% in image sets with artificial and real misalignment, respectively.When specular highlights are a priori removed by the proposed algorithm, these success rates increase to 92% and84%, respectively. The specular highlight removal algorithm achieved an accuracy of 91.99%.

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