[vtkusers] save slice from vtk image volume

David Gobbi david.gobbi at gmail.com
Wed Dec 4 09:48:08 EST 2013

On Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 7:05 AM, Jesse Ross-Jones <jesse.rj at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi David,
> Thanks for the reply. In that case I would need to render the image to the
> window and set the camera origin and direction to point to the image then
> save that to  a file?

If you use vtkImageResliceMapper to get the slice, then yes, the only
way to capture the slice is to render it to a window and then save the
window's contents to a file.

> I have been trying with the vtkProbefilter to extract the image that I want.
> I am using the same plane origin and normal as before.
>         vtkSmartPointer<vtkPlaneSource> PlaneSource =
> vtkSmartPointer<vtkPlaneSource>::New();
>         PlaneSource->SetCenter(testpoint2);
>         PlaneSource->SetNormal(normal2);
>         vtkPolyData *Plane = PlaneSource -> GetOutput();
>         vtkProbeFilter *Probe = vtkProbeFilter::New();
>         Probe->SetInput(Plane);
>         Probe->SetSource(reader->GetOutput());
>         //Probe->SetInputConnection(reader->GetOutputPort);
>         Probe->SpatialMatchOn();
>         Probe->Update();
> However, with this method it seems I can only seem to be able to save a
> vtkpolydata file of the plane. Is it possible to use the vtkProbeFilter to
> obtain a slice of an image volume?

A vtkProbeFilter's output is always the same geometry as the input.
So if you want vtkProbeFilter to produce an image, you need to set its
input to a vtkImageData.  But then you run into a problem, because you
cannot set the "normal" of a vtkImageData, so you won't be able to
extract an oblique slice.

I suggest that you use vtkImageReslice (the filter, not the mapper) to
extract a slice from your data.  The VTK source code contains an


> Many thanks,
> Jesse

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