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An introduction to watermarking of medical images

Wioletta Wójtowicz


This paper provides a preliminary investigation on digital watermarking as an effective technology to protect property rights and limit distribution of multimedia data. First, crucial properties and design requirements of watermarking schemes are discussed. Then, as watermarking techniques finds many applications in healthcare industry, aspects of medical image watermarking are raised. Nowadays, the transmission of digitized medical information has become very easy due to the generality of Internet. However, the digital form of these images can easily be manipulated and degraded. This causes problems of medical security and copyright protection and poses a great challenge to privacy protection using watermarking techniques.

Corresponding author: Wioletta Wójtowicz, Institute of Automatics and Biomedical Engineering, EAIiIB Department, AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, 30 Mickiewicza Ave, 30-059 Krakow, Poland

Received: 2012-10-31
Revised: 2012-12-9
Accepted: 2013-1-11
Published Online: 2013-02-23
Published in Print: 2013-03-01

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