Using the edge detection techniques we propose a new enhancement scheme for noisy digital images. This uses inhomogeneous anisotropic diffusion scheme via the edge indicator provided by well known edge detection methods. Addition of a fidelity term facilitates the proposed scheme to remove the noise while preserving edges. This method is general in the sense that it can be incorporated into any of the nonlinear anisotropic diffusion methods. Numerical results show the promise of this hybrid technique on real and noisy images.© 2008 IEEE.