Title: Protocol for transmission and archiving of medical images (wavREPro.JPEG)

Authors: Hedi Amri; Ali Khalfallah; Malek Gargouri; Mohamed-Salim Bouhlel; Jean-Christophe Lapayre

Addresses: University Bourgogne - Franche-Comte UBFC, FEMTO-st CNRS Institut 16 Rte de Gray 25030, Besancon Cedex, France; Sciences and Technologies of Image and Telecommunications, Higher Institute of Biotechnology, University of Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia ' Sciences and Technologies of Image and Telecommunications, Higher Institute of Biotechnology, University of Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia ' Sciences and Technologies of Image and Telecommunications, Higher Institute of Biotechnology, University of Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia ' Sciences and Technologies of Image and Telecommunications, Higher Institute of Biotechnology, University of Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia ' University Bourgogne - Franche-Comte UBFC, FEMTO-st CNRS Institut 16 Rte de Gray 25030, Besancon Cedex, France

Abstract: The transmission and archiving of medical images are among the most important operations in telemedicine. Indeed, the collaboration platforms have to ensure video conferencing, medical images and patient data transfer and archiving. However, the big volume of this kind of images represents a major obstacle for the work of a tele-staff. In order to overcome this problem, we suggest a new archiving and transmission protocol that we call 'wavREPro.JPEG'. Its process consists of two phases. In fact, before the information broadcast, this protocol reduces images by Discrete Wavelet Transforms and compresses them by the classic JPEG. At the reception step, it enlarges images after their decompression. Experimental results have demonstrated that our proposed method is more efficient than the classic JPEG compression. Effectively, it offers more minimisation in terms of network bandwidth consumption and storage space.

Keywords: telemedicine; archiving; transmission; medical images; discrete wavelet transforms; JPEG; image reduction; image expansion.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBET.2017.086549

International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology, 2017 Vol.25 No.1, pp.14 - 29

Received: 08 Mar 2016
Accepted: 04 Jul 2016

Published online: 29 Aug 2017 *

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