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Efficient random access high resolution region-of-interest (ROI) image retrieval using backward coding of wavelet trees (BCWT)
Author(s): Enrique Corona; Brian Nutter; Sunanda Mitra; Jiangling Guo; Tanja Karp
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Paper Abstract

Efficient retrieval of high quality Regions-Of-Interest (ROI) from high resolution medical images is essential for reliable interpretation and accurate diagnosis. Random access to high quality ROI from codestreams is becoming an essential feature in many still image compression applications, particularly in viewing diseased areas from large medical images. This feature is easier to implement in block based codecs because of the inherent spatial independency of the code blocks. This independency implies that the decoding order of the blocks is unimportant as long as the position for each is properly identified. In contrast, wavelet-tree based codecs naturally use some interdependency that exploits the decaying spectrum model of the wavelet coefficients. Thus one must keep track of the decoding order from level to level with such codecs. We have developed an innovative multi-rate image subband coding scheme using "Backward Coding of Wavelet Trees (BCWT)" which is fast, memory efficient, and resolution scalable. It offers far less complexity than many other existing codecs including both, wavelet-tree, and block based algorithms. The ROI feature in BCWT is implemented through a transcoder stage that generates a new BCWT codestream containing only the information associated with the user-defined ROI. This paper presents an efficient technique that locates a particular ROI within the BCWT coded domain, and decodes it back to the spatial domain. This technique allows better access and proper identification of pathologies in high resolution images since only a small fraction of the codestream is required to be transmitted and analyzed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 March 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6914, Medical Imaging 2008: Image Processing, 69142M (11 March 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.772146
Show Author Affiliations
Enrique Corona, Texas Tech Univ. (United States)
Brian Nutter, Texas Tech Univ. (United States)
Sunanda Mitra, Texas Tech Univ. (United States)
Jiangling Guo, Beijing Institute of Technology (China)
Tanja Karp, Texas Tech Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6914:
Medical Imaging 2008: Image Processing
Joseph M. Reinhardt; Josien P. W. Pluim, Editor(s)

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