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#1 Posted : Friday, September 12, 2014 12:47:02 AM(UTC)


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How can I compress DICOM overlay data (6000:3000) image?

I am saving DICOM images as J2K, however the overlay image data remains uncompressed.

I have tried compressing the overlay data explicitly using RLE:

private RasterImage compressOverlay(RasterImage image)
var cmd = new ConvertSignedToUnsignedCommand(ConvertSignedToUnsignedCommandType.ShiftNegativeToZero);
if (image.OverlayCount > 0)
for (var overlayIndex = 0; overlayIndex < image.OverlayCount; overlayIndex++)
var overlayImage = image.GetOverlayImage(overlayIndex, RasterGetSetOverlayImageMode.Copy);
image.SetOverlayImage(overlayIndex, overlayImage, RasterGetSetOverlayImageMode.Copy);
return image;

However, upon saving the above image into DICOM dataset, the OverlayData element becomes uncompressed.

How can I persist the compressed overlay image to DICOM dataset? Better yet, is there any way to convert overlay images to J2K/JPG format? Section 8 (https://www.dabsoft.ch/dicom/5/8/) seems to indicate overlay data can be compressed.

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#2 Posted : Sunday, September 14, 2014 4:37:31 AM(UTC)


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According to the DICOM Standard, overlay data is just uncompressed 1-bit image. It can't be compressed.

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