Image Grid Manipulation¶
There are numerous SimpleITK filters that have similar functions, but very important differences. The filters that will be compared are:
JoinSeriesImageFilter()- Joins multiple N-D images into an (N+1)-D image
ComposeImageFilter()- Combines several scalar images into a multicomponent vector image
VectorIndexSelectionCastImageFilter()- Extracts the selected index of the input pixel type vector (the input image pixel type must be a vector and the output a scalar). Additionally, this filter can cast the output pixel type (SetOutputPixelType method).
ExtractImageFilter()- Crops an image to the selected region bounds using vectors; Collapses dimensions unless dimension is two
CropImageFilter()- Similar to
ExtractImageFilter(), but crops an image by an
itk::Sizeat upper and lower bounds
- Image Slicing Operator - Uses slicing (
img[i:j, k:l]) to extract a subregion of an image
All of these operations will maintain the physical location of the pixels, instead modifying the image’s metadata.
JoinSeriesImageFilter() merges multiple images of the same pixel
type in N dimensions into an image in N+1 dimensions,
will combine scalar images into a vector image of the same dimension. The
former is useful for connecting a series of contiguous images while the latter
is more useful for merging multiple channels of the same object into one image
(such as RGB).
VectorIndexSelectionCastImageFilter() will isolate a single channel in a
vector image and return a scalar image. On the other hand,
CropImageFilter() will extract and return a
subregion of an image, using an ExtractionRegion size and index and
itk::Size’s respectively. However, note that only the
ExtractImageFilter() collapses dimensions. The image slicing operator
can also serve the same purpose.