simple 3D volume visualization

Discussion in 'MATLAB' started by Mark Mather, May 13, 2008.

  1. Mark Mather

    Mark Mather Guest

    Hello. I have looked over the volume visulization techniques
    documentation and I still can't make much sense of it.

    It seems the technique here is some form of:


    In the scalar data example they use mri data as the volume,
    then somehow find the 'skin' on the surface all has an
    isovalue of 5. This makes no sense to me, as looking at the
    data this is simply not true. What exactly is an isovalue- I
    seem to read it is like a contour line but from the example
    the skin portion does not seem to be all the points with a
    value of 5 (or lower/higher than 5).

    Is there a simple clear explanation of what is going on here?

    As a very simple example, take a 20x20x20 zero matrix, and
    put random integers in a 5x5x5 cube in the center. How can I
    plot the surface of this cube, regardless of the values? How
    can I plot just a wire frame of the surface of the cube?

    I have searched but never seem to find any guide on how to
    do this other than the official documentation, so if someone
    could point me n the right direction to do simple things to
    build my technique on that would be greatly appreciated.
    Mark Mather, May 13, 2008
    1. Advertisements

  2. doc surf
    Scott Burnside, May 13, 2008
    1. Advertisements

  3. Mark Mather

    Mark Mather Guest

    I don't have a function to define [X Y Z] for my data, they
    are scalar indices of a 3D image. How would I use surf to
    show this?
    Mark Mather, May 13, 2008
  4. Mark Mather

    helper Guest

    As a very simple example, take a 20x20x20 zero matrix, and
    Well, this isn't "regardless of the values", but it shows
    an example of how to create the wire mesh you mention using

    A = zeros(20,20,20); % 20-by-20-by-20 zeros
    A(8:12,8:12,8:12) = 1; % 5-by-5-by-5 cube of 1's

    h = patch(isosurface(A,.99)); % Create "contour" at 0.99

    set(h,'FaceColor','none') % "Hide" faces
    view(3) % Rotate to 3-D view

    I'm not sure, however, what you actually want. How does
    this example differ from what you actually want?
    helper, May 14, 2008
  5. Mark Mather

    Mark Mather Guest

    Thanks so much, that's exactly the kind of simple example I
    need to pick apart.

    I changed it to this, and am now a bit confused:

    A = zeros(20,20,20); % 20-by-20-by-20 zeros
    B=rand(5,5,5).*10 %generate random 5-by-5 data
    A(8:12,8:12,8:12) = B

    h = patch(isosurface(A,7)); % Create "contour" at 7?

    set(h,'FaceColor','red') % make faces red
    view(3) % Rotate to 3-D view

    So is this new grouping of red faces encapsulating all the
    points less than 7?

    I have a series of MRI slices of a head in scalar format.
    Outside of the head are zero values. I would like to plot a
    wire mesh around the surface of the head.

    Next I would like to show the head (or a region inside the
    head) in solid form, say all voxels above value 100 or
    something. Obviously with hold on this will show where in
    the head these regions are located and orientated.

    Mark Mather, May 14, 2008
  6. Mark Mather

    helper Guest

    I don't think "encapsulating" is the right word.
    ISOSURFACE interpolates the data and plots the surface
    where the interpolated A data is 7. This may or may not be
    closed surface based on what form the data takes. Check
    out the Flow example in the documentation for ISOSURFACE.
    There isn't a closed surface.

    Try this:

    load mri.mat % Load the MRI data
    D = squeeze(D); % Convert it to "Volume" data
    h = patch(isosurface(D,.99)); % Show the 0.99 isolevel
    set(h,'FaceColor','none') % Turn off all faces
    view(3) % Adjust the view to 3-D.

    There is your wire mesh of the head. Now with this
    example, the largest values (~88) all occur in the skull,
    so any isolevel you plot is going to include the skull.
    However, if you did have data with larger values in the
    interior (e.g., over 100), you could plot these using the
    addition of the code:

    hold on
    h2 = patch(isosurface(D,100)); % Show the 100 isolevel
    helper, May 14, 2008
  7. Mark Mather

    Mark Mather Guest

    Great! I think I finally understand- it's the transition
    from 0 to anything above 1 that is showing up as the path
    vertices (when set at .99).

    I added a solid red rectangle to the interior as such:
    load mri.mat % Load the MRI data
    D = squeeze(D); % Convert it to "Volume" data
    D(60:64,60:64,16:20)=100; %make red box
    h = patch(isosurface(D,0.99)); % Show the 0.99 isolevel
    set(h,'FaceColor','none','EdgeColor','blue') % Turn off all
    faces, make edges blue
    view(3) % Adjust the view to 3-D.
    h2 = patch(isosurface(D,90)); % Show the 90 isolevel

    So my next two questions relate to making the edges less
    obtrusive- can I have it look for less vertices at a
    distinct interval? I looked at the patch properties and
    didn't see anything like this.

    I tried

    set(h,'FaceColor','none','EdgeColor','blue', EdgeAlpha, 0.5)

    and it crashes matlab. I can do EdgeAlpha, 'flat' fine, so
    perhaps it is my graphics setup.

    Thanks so much for your help and patience with this simple
    task, this really helps a lot and hopefully many others will
    find it useful.
    Mark Mather, May 16, 2008
  8. Mark Mather

    helper Guest

    So my next two questions relate to making the edges less

    Look into the REDUCEVOLUME and SHRINKFACES functions.

    Ewwwwww. It crashes my computer too. It seems to be
    having a problem with the large number of faces. Using
    REDUCEVOLUME with the factors [4,4,2] allows setting an
    EdgeAlpha value without crashing.

    I definately recommend reporting this crash directly to
    technical support (not the the [email protected] email they
    give). This has got to be a bug.

    I didn't like how REDUCEVOLUME looked, but using
    SHRINKFACES with a very small number, for example:


    seemed to be able to retain some decent skull resolution.
    helper, May 16, 2008
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.