In this paper, we introduce a new method of data compression and decompression technique to search the aimed image based on the gazing area of the image. Many methods of data compression have been proposed. Particularly, JPEG compression technique has been widely used as a standard method. However, this method is not always effective to search the aimed images from the image filing system. In a previous paper, by the eye movement analysis, we found that images have a particular gazing area. It is considered that the gazing area is the most important region of the image, then we considered introducing the information to compress and transmit the image. A method named fixation based progressive image transmission is introduced to transmit the image effectively. In this method, after the gazing area is estimated, the area is first transmitted and then the other regions are transmitted. If we are not interested in the first transmitted image, then we can search other images. Therefore, the aimed image can be searched from the filing system, effectively. We compare the searching time of the proposed method with the conventional method. The result shows that the proposed method is faster than the conventional one to search the aimed image.© (1996) COPYRIGHT SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering. Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.