Compression of electrocardiogram signals using JPEG2000

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JPEG2000 is the latest international standard for compression of still images. Although the JPEG2000 codec is designed to compress images, we illustrate that it can also be used to compress other signals. As an example, we illustrate how the JPEG2000 codec can be used to compress electrocardiogram (ECG) data. Experiments using the MTT-BIH arrhythmia database illustrate that the proposed approach outperforms many existing ECG compression schemes. The proposed scheme allows the use of existing hardware and software JPEG2000 codecs for ECG compression, and can be especially useful in eliminating the need for specialized hardware development. The desirable characteristics of the JPEG2000 codec, such as precise rate control and progressive quality, are retained in the presented scheme. The goal of this paper is to demonstrate the ECG application as an example. This example can be extended to other signals that exist within the consumer electronics realm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)833-840
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2003


  • Compression
  • ECG
  • JPEG2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Media Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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