Digital Image Processing for Medical Applications

by Geoff Dougherty

Image processing is a hands-on discipline, and the best way to learn is by doing. This text takes its motivation from medical applications and uses real medical images and situations to illustrate and clarify concepts and to build intuition, insight and understanding. Designed for advanced undergraduates and graduate students who will become end-users of digital image processing, it covers the basics of the major clinical imaging modalities, explaining how the images are produced and acquired. It then presents the standard image processing operations, focusing on practical issues and problem solving. Crucially, the book explains when and why particular operations are done, and practical computer-based activities show how these operations affect real images. All images, links to the public-domain software ImageJ and custom plug-ins, and selected solutions are available from

  • Cambridge University Press; April 2009
  • ISBN: 9780511530371
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  • Title: Digital Image Processing for Medical Applications
  • Author: Geoff Dougherty
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

In The Press

'Digital Image Processing succeeds in being an accessible but rigorous first course in the generation and manipulation of medical images. Dougherty moves seamlessly between gamma rays, radiation doses, picture archiving strategies, Boolean logic, Fourier transforms, and applications like mammography and angiography. … The chief strengths … are its clear and well-considered organisation, its accessibility to a wide variety of audiences, and its applicability to an array of imaging modalities and techniques. The book also has wonderful illustrations, particularly of how to enhance images in the spatial and frequency domains.' Perspectives in Biology and Medicine