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Some computer applications for tissue characterization in medicine and biology, such as analysis of the myocardium or cancer recognition, operate with tissue samples taken from very small areas of interest. In order to perform texture characterization in such an application, only a few texture operators can be employed: the operators should be insensitive to noise and image distortion and yet be reliable in order to estimate texture quality from the small number of image points available. In order to describe the quality of infarcted myocardial tissue, the authors propose a new wavelet-based approach for analysis and classification of texture samples with small dimensions. The main idea of this method is to decompose the given image with a filter bank derived from an orthonormal wavelet basis and to form an image approximation with higher resolution. Texture energy measures calculated at each output of the filter bank as well as energies of synthesized images are used as texture features in a classification procedure. The authors propose an unsupervised classification technique based on a modified statistical t-test. The method is tested with clinical data, and the classification results obtained are very promising. The performance of the new method is compared with the performance of several other transform-based methods. The new algorithm has advantages in classification of small and noisy input samples, and it represents a step toward structural analysis of weak textures.