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Int J Cardiol 1997 Jul 25;60(2):195-200
Impact of various compression rates on interpretation of digital coronary angiograms.
Silber S, Dorr R, Zindler G, Muhling H, Diebel T
According to the ACC/ACR/NEMA/ESC-guidelines, digital techniques should be replaced by cinefilm for coronary angiography. The ad hoc group of experts recently chose CD-R (CD recordable) as transport media and the JPEG standard for image compression. To avoid a possible loss of image quality, the guidelines allow a maximal data compression of only 2:1. This, however, leads to a considerable limitation: coronary angiograms cannot be viewed in real-time directly from CD. Since the possible influence of higher compression rates on image quality of coronary angiograms had not been investigated in a controlled study, we evaluated 8 various compression rates (ranging from 5:1 to 43:1) according to a prospective, randomized and blinded protocol. Four independent observers assessed 1440 angiograms using a semiquantitative score. We found that angiograms with a compression rate of 5:1 and 6:1 did not lead to a clinically relevant deterioration of image quality, whereas 11:1 was still acceptable, but 43:1 becomes unacceptable. Since no clinically relevant loss of information at a compression rate of 6:1 was experienced in our study, a modification of the ACC/ACJ/NEMA/ESC-guidelines allowing higher compression rates should be considered.
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- Randomized controlled trial
PMID: 9226291, UI: 97369850