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contrast measures; image enhancement; enhancement quality measures; medical image enhancement
A survey of local image contrast measures is presented and a new contrast measure for measuring the local contrast of regions of interest is proposed. The measures validation is based on the gradual objective contrast decreasing on medical test images in both grayscale and color. The performance of the eleven most frequented contrast measures is mutually compared and their robustness to different types of image degradation is analyzed. Since the contrast measures can be both global, regional and local pixelwise, a simple way of adapting the contrast measures for regions of interest is proposed.
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