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Lossless compression of grayscale medical images: effectiveness of traditional and state-of-the-art approaches
Author(s): David A. Clunie
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Paper Abstract

Proprietary compression schemes have a cost and risk associated with their support, end of life and interoperability. Standards reduce this cost and risk. The new JPEG-LS process (ISO/IEC 14495-1), and the lossless mode of the proposed JPEG 2000 scheme (ISO/IEC CD15444-1), new standard schemes that may be incorporated into DICOM, are evaluated here. Three thousand, six hundred and seventy-nine (3,679) single frame grayscale images from multiple anatomical regions, modalities and vendors, were tested. For all images combined JPEG-LS and JPEG 2000 performed equally well (3.81), almost as well as CALIC (3.91), a complex predictive scheme used only as a benchmark. Both out-performed existing JPEG (3.04 with optimum predictor choice per image, 2.79 for previous pixel prediction as most commonly used in DICOM). Text dictionary schemes performed poorly (gzip 2.38), as did image dictionary schemes without statistical modeling (PNG 2.76). Proprietary transform based schemes did not perform as well as JPEG-LS or JPEG 2000 (S+P Arithmetic 3.4, CREW 3.56). Stratified by modality, JPEG-LS compressed CT images (4.00), MR (3.59), NM (5.98), US (3.4), IO (2.66), CR (3.64), DX (2.43), and MG (2.62). CALIC always achieved the highest compression except for one modality for which JPEG-LS did better (MG digital vendor A JPEG-LS 4.02, CALIC 4.01). JPEG-LS outperformed existing JPEG for all modalities. The use of standard schemes can achieve state of the art performance, regardless of modality, JPEG-LS is simple, easy to implement, consumes less memory, and is faster than JPEG 2000, though JPEG 2000 will offer lossy and progressive transmission. It is recommended that DICOM add transfer syntaxes for both JPEG-LS and JPEG 2000.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 May 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3980, Medical Imaging 2000: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues, (18 May 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.386389
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David A. Clunie, Quintiles Intelligent Imaging (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3980:
Medical Imaging 2000: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues
G. James Blaine; Eliot L. Siegel, Editor(s)

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