Date of Award

Spring 1987

Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Biomedical Engineering


Medical imaging devices invariably generate large digital image files. Data compression of these medical images can reduce storage requirements and transmission times. The search for a technique that will provide a high rate of compression while retaining a desired level of image fidelity continues. Vector quantization, a powerful speech compression technique, has just recently been applied to the problem of technique compression efficient compression advantages image compression. The details of are explained using a model of a system. Proposals are offered for use of vector quantization in the of medical images. A comparison of and disadvantages of the technique, this data more data the and the data compression requirements of a medical imaging environment are presented.