Context-Based Coding of Ultrasound Medical Images using Shape-Adaptive Transform Representation

Shira Nemirovsky-Rotman, Zvi Friedman, Moshe Porat

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review


Image compression is essential in order to meet storage and transmission requirements for the vastly produced medical image data. While it is desirable to achieve high compression rates, it is crucial that important medical diagnostic details will be preserved. We introduce a new approach to processing medical images, in which Regions-Of-Interest (ROIs) are automatically detected and coded with relatively high bit rates, while the background is coded with low bit rates. Our coding algorithm is based on identifying the ROI pixels and division of the image into blocks, which are classified based on their ROI pixels contents. Each block is coded according to its classification, using Discrete Cosine Transform (DCT) or Shape Adaptive (SA)-DCT. In addition, we propose a tailored interpolation scheme, which significantly reduces artifacts created in ROI segments that are of irregular or noncontinuous shape. Results on echo-cardiac and fetal images demonstrate the performance of our method.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes
Event2021 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2021 - Virtual, Online, China
Duration: 11 Sep 201116 Sep 2011

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
ACKNOWLEDGMENT This work was supported by the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology and by the Ollendorff Minerva Centre of the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. Minerva is funded through the BMBF.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 IEEE.


  • Image compression
  • Region-Of-Interest
  • Shape-Adaptive Discrete Cosine Transform
  • bit-rate
  • storage
  • transmission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


Dive into the research topics of 'Context-Based Coding of Ultrasound Medical Images using Shape-Adaptive Transform Representation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this