Clinical evaluation of irreversible data compression for computed radioraphy of the hand

Journal of Digital Imaging (Impact Factor: 1.19). 08/1998; 11(3):121-125. DOI: 10.1007/BF03168735


We evaluated the clinical utility of high data compression for computed radiography (CR) of the hand. Paired original and
compressed CR images were obtained using an FCR 9000 system in 35 patients with various abnormalities of the hand. For the
paired original and compressed images, we compared the depiction of the bone cortex, bone trabeculae, soft-tissue, and the
margin of the abnormalities. The overall impressions for detectability of the abnormalities and for diagnostic capability
were also evaluated. Poorer image quality of the compressed images was noted for most of the structures, but there was no
significant difference between the original and compressed images as for the overall impressions for detectability of the
abnormalities or for diagnostic capability. We conclude that a high data compression may be clinically acceptable with caution
in radiography of the hand.

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