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J Digit Imaging. 2004 Mar;17(1):64-70.

A perceptual evaluation of JPEG 2000 image compression for digital mammography: contrast-detail characteristics.

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Department of Radiology, Emory University School of Medicine, 1364 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA.

Abstract

In this investigation the effect of JPEG 2000 compression on the contrast-detail (CD) characteristics of digital mammography images was studied using an alternative forced choice (AFC) technique. Images of a contrast-detail phantom, acquired using a clinical full-field digital mammography system, were compressed using a commercially available software product (JPEG 2000). Data compression was achieved at ratios of 1:1, 10:1, 20:1, and 30:1 and the images were reviewed by seven observers on a high-resolution display. Psychophysical detection characteristics were first computed by fitting perception data using a maximum-likelihood technique from which CD curves were derived at 50%, 62.5%, and 75% threshold levels. Statistical analysis indicated no significant difference in the perception of mean disk thickness up to 20:1 compression except for disk diameter of 1 mm. All other compression combinations exhibited significant degradation in CD characteristics.

PMID:
15255520
PMCID:
PMC3043965
DOI:
10.1007/s10278-003-1728-x
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