A new quantization algorithm for a wavelet compression scheme of coronary angiograms

A. Bezerianos, A. Munteanu, P. Cristea, D. Alexopoulos

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New methods for image compression which are able to store and retrieve efficiently the images produced by a digital angiographic unit are needed for clinical use. Currently discrete cosine transform (DCT) based compression schemes (i.e. JPEG, MPEG) generate unacceptable block artefacts in coronary angiograms at high compression ratios, because of the block coefficients quantization. We propose a wavelet compression algorithm that overcomes fundamentally this drawback. Using a set of 40 coronary angiograms, we evaluated the method by analyzing several image quality factors: peak signal to noise ratio, compression ratio, maximum absolute difference and mean difference of gray levels and subjective evaluation. At the same compression ratio, the proposed technique outperforms the JPEG method in image quality preservation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)569-572
Number of pages4
JournalComputers in cardiology
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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