An Efficient Medical Image Watermarking Technique in E-healthcare Application Using Hybridization of Compression and Cryptography Algorithm

Journal of Intelligent Systems 27 (1):115-133 (2018)
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Abstract

The main objective of this paper is to propose a medical image watermarking technique in E-healthcare application based on the hybridization of compression and cryptography algorithm. Basically, the proposed system consists of two stages: watermark embedding process and watermark extraction process. In the embedding process, at first, we segment the tumor part separately using a region growing algorithm. Then, we encrypt the region of interest part using Secure Hash Algorithm-256 and encrypt the electronic health record using the elliptical curve cryptography algorithm. Thereafter, we concatenate and compress the information using an arithmetic coding algorithm. Finally, we embed the compressed bit into the original image. The same process is repeated for the extraction process. The experimental results are shown for different medical images with EHR and the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm is analyzed with the help of the peak signal-to-noise ratio and normalized correlation.

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