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Medical image compression with embedded wavelet transform
Author(s): Po-Yuen Cheng; Freddie Shing-Hong Lin; Tomasz P. Jannson
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Paper Abstract

The need for effective medical image compression and transmission techniques continues to grow because of the huge volume of radiological images captured each year. The limited bandwidth and efficiency of current networking systems cannot meet this need. In response, Physical Optics Corporation devised an efficient medical image management system to significantly reduce the storage space and transmission bandwidth required for digitized medical images. The major functions of this system are: (1) compressing medical imagery, using a visual-lossless coder, to reduce the storage space required; (2) transmitting image data progressively, to use the transmission bandwidth efficiently; and (3) indexing medical imagery according to image characteristics, to enable automatic content-based retrieval. A novel scalable wavelet-based image coder was developed to implement the system. In addition to its high compression, this approach is scalable in both image size and quality. The system provides dramatic solutions to many medical image handling problems. One application is the efficient storage and fast transmission of medical images over picture archiving and communication systems. In addition to reducing costs, the potential impact on improving the quality and responsiveness of health care delivery in the US is significant.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 October 1997
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3164, Applications of Digital Image Processing XX, (30 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.292757
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Po-Yuen Cheng, Physical Optics Corp. (United States)
Freddie Shing-Hong Lin, Physical Optics Corp. (United States)
Tomasz P. Jannson, Physical Optics Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3164:
Applications of Digital Image Processing XX
Andrew G. Tescher, Editor(s)

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