Contrast Enhancement Algorithm for IR Thermograms Using Optimal Temperature Thresholding and Contrast Stretching

  • Jaspreet Singh
  • Ajat Shatru Arora
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 705)


IR thermography is a noninvasive and non-contact type radiometric technique which creates the 2D thermal images based on infrared radiations. Usually, these are gray-level images which provide poor color contrast. However, various pseudo-coloring algorithms are available to transform these images into RGB space, but contrast enhancement is still required for better visualization of thermograms. In this study, the non-training contrast enhancement algorithm is proposed for IR thermograms. The contrast enhancement in this proposed methodology is achieved by: (i) eliminating the background interference using optimal temperature thresholding and (ii) color enhancement using decorrelation contrast stretching. The performance of proposed methodology has been evaluated based on variations in entropy values. The increasing trend in entropy values indicates the contrast enhancement achieved by using this method.


Color enhancement Optimal temperature thresholding Decorrelation contrast stretching 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Electrical & Instrumentation Engineering DepartmentSant Longowal Institute of Engineering & TechnologyLongowalIndia

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