To suppress the honeycomb pattern, all fiber centers in the fiber-optic image are first registered in a calibration step. Direct access to the raw data from the color filter array in the camera enables optimized calculation of individual correction factors for color distribution within the various cells. Together with the information on local adjacency relationships, this forms the basis for subsequent interpolation. With the algorithms described, global shadowing effects and color artifacts can be visibly reduced.
The software automatically adapts to most combinations of commonly used endoscopes and suitable digital camera modules. Operation from a PC platform additionally allows for acceleration via powerful graphics hardware.