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A review of image compression based on transform coding.


There are different types of medical images that are used for diagnosed. So we need to store all the diagnostic images regard compression on biomedical images by using different type of wavelet function and suggested the most appropriate wavelet function that can be perform optimum compression for a given type of biomedical image [6]. To analyse the performance of the wavelet function with the biomedical images. We fixed the loss amount of data in the compressed image and calculate their respective compression percentage

A. Benefits of Compression:

Storage Space compressing data files allows one to store more files in the storage space that is available. Bandwidth and Transfer Speed Compressed files contain fewer "bits" of data than uncompressed files, and, as a consequence, use less bandwidth when we download them.

Cost of storing the data are reduced by compressing the files for storage because more files can be stored in available storage space when they are compressed.

Accuracy also reduces the chance of transmission errors since fewer bits are transferred Security also provides a level of security against illegitimate monitoring.

B. Compression based on Transform:

Transform coding and predictive coding are the two types of lossy compression approaches. Transform domain method is most powerful tool for compressing the image. It is also used for data hiding, feature extraction application, biometric based application, image quality improvement, content based image retrieval and also for texture analysis etc [2]. The result of the transform coding is low bit rate quality copy of original image. This method is mainly used for natural images or standard images.

C. Discrete Cosine Transform:

In Earlier days, Discrete Cosine Transform (DCT) was the most powerful and popular method of transform coding for compressing the image. Main advantage of the Discrete Cosine Transform is simplicity and good performance but it has some drawbacks associated with it. One of the main drawbacks of this method is that it produces blocking artifacts in the image. Later, to overcome the drawback of the DCT Wavelet transform is introduced which eliminate this drawback effectively.


Joint Photographic Expert Group (JPEG) is a lossy compression technique to store 24 bit photographic images. It is mostly used in multimedia and imaging industries. JPEG is 24 bit colour format so it have millions of colours and more superior compare to othersit is used for VGA(video graphics Array) display [3]. JPEG have lossy compression and it support 8 bit gray scale image and 24 bit colour images.

Implementation of JPEG is given below

--The image is partitioned into 8x8 blocks of pixels

--Working from left to right, top to bottom the DCT is applied to each block

--Each block is compressed using quantization

--Coding is applied for zig zag scanned coefficients

E. Discrete wavelet Transform:

In wavelet transform, both time and frequency domain analysis can be achieved. The wavelet transform of the image can be obtained without dividing the image in to different block and it gives better performance as compared to the Discrete Cosine Transform. Moreover the image coding based on the wavelet transform shows more robustness against transmission and decoding errors [7]. One of the key point of the wavelet transform is its multi-resolution property which makes it possible to view the image at different scales.

The Discrete Wavelet Transform represents an image as a sum of wavelet functions, known as wavelets, with different location and scale. The DWT represents the image data into a set of high pass (detail) and low pass (approximate) coefficients. The image is first divided into blocks [5]. Each block is then passed through the two filters: the first level decomposition is performed to decompose the input data into an approximation and detail coefficients. After obtaining the transformed matrix, the detail and approximate coefficients are separated as LL,HL, LH, and HH coefficients.

F. JPEG2000:

JPEG 2000 is a compression standard for lossless and lossy storage. Standard JPEG2000 improves the JPEG format, it is nearly same as standard JPEG.

II Contourlet Transform:

CT is a multiscale and directional decomposition of a signal using a combination of a modified Laplacian Pyramid (LP) and a Directional Filter Bank (DFB).Efficient representations of signals require that coefficients of functions, which represent the Regions Of Interest (ROI) are sparse. Wavelets can pick up discontinuities of one dimensional piecewise smooth functions very efficiently and represent them as point discontinuities., but cannot recognize smoothness along contours(Edges). Numerous methods were developed to overcome this by adaptive, Radon-based, or filter bank-based techniques. Pyramidal Directional Filter-Bank (PDFB), which overcomes the block-based approach of CT by a directional filter bank, applied on the whole scale, also known as Contourlet Transform [1]. It has been developed to offer the directionality and anisotropy to image representation..PDFB allows for different number of directions at each scale/resolution to nearly achieve critical sampling. As DFB is designed to capture directionality (high frequency components), the LP part of the PDFB permits sub band decomposition to avoid "leaking" of low frequencies into several directional sub bands, thus directional information can be captured efficiently.

CT gives two important properties.


This property contains more directions.


To capture smooth contours (Important information) in images, this property contains basis elements using a variety of elongated shapes.

These two properties are useful for image compression, image watermarking, and Content Based Image Retrieval.


In this paper described a review of image compression based on transform coding. There are three different types of transform are discussed. In DCT used to change the original image of pixel into frequency domain coefficients [4]. These coefficients have several desirable properties. In DWTall the coefficients are discarded except the LL coefficients that are transformed. The coefficients are passed through constant scaling factor to achieve the desired compression ratio. In CT has higher value of contrast than the DCT & DWT.To conclude all the transform are useful for image compression techniques and useful in their related areas. The review of this paper gives the clear idea about the image compression based on Transform coding. We conclude that the compression algorithm depends on the three factors: There are Quality of image, Amount of compression and Speed of compression.


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(1) P. Sudha and (2) G. Elatharasan

(1) Research scholar, University college of Engineering, Pattukkottai, Rajamadam -614701

(2) Assistant Professor, University College of Engineering, Pattukkottai, Rajamadam 614701

Received 28 February 2017; Accepted 22 May 2017; Available online 6 June 2017

Address For Correspondence: G. Elatharasan, Assistant Professor, University College of Engineering, Pattukkottai, Rajamadam 614701

Caption: Fig. 1: 8x8 Block on DCT domain

Caption: Fig. 2: Discrete Wavelet Transform

Caption: Fig. 3: Contour let Transform
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