Evaluation of irreversible compression of digitized posterior-anterior chest radiographs

Bradley J. Erickson, Armando Manduca, Kenneth R. Persons, Frank Earnest IV, Thomas E. Hartman, Gordon F. Harms, Larry R. Brown

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The purpose of this article is to assess lossy image compression of digitized chest radiographs using radiologist assessment of anatomic structures and numerical measurements of image accuracy. Forty posterior-anterior (PA) chest radiographs were digitized and compressed using an irreversible wavelet technique at 10, 20, 40, and 80:1. These were presented in a blinded fashion with an uncompressed image for A-B comparison of 11 anatomic structures as well as overall quality assessments. Mean error, root-mean square (RMS) error, maximum pixel error, and number of pixels within 1% of original value were also computed for compression ratios from 5:1 to 80:1. We found that at low compression (10:1) there was a slight preference for compressed images. There was no significant difference at 20:1 and 40:1. There was a slight preference on some structures for the original compared with 80:1 compressed images. Numerical measures showed high image faithfulness, both in terms of number of pixels that were within 1% of their original value, and by the average error for all pixels. Our findings suggest that lossy compression at 40:1 or more can be used without perceptible loss in the representation of anatomic structures. On this finding, we will do a receiver-operator characteristic (ROC) analysis of nodule detection in lossy compressed images using 40:1 compression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-102
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Digital Imaging
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1997


  • Data compression
  • Picture archiving and communications system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Computer Science Applications


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