[vtkusers] Problem rotating vtkImageSlice

Richard Frank rickfrank at me.com
Sun Aug 28 14:37:02 EDT 2016

Hi David,

Sorry about the attachment.

Well, I'm pretty far along with my work on this, so I'd like to try the vtkPlane orientation as a solution if possible.

using the example code,  If I create a vtkPlane, set its origin to 0,0,0 and set its normal to 1 0 0 (instead of 0,0,1) and call


I see a thin line. Seems correct. If I change the interactor style to Trackball camera, and rotate the camera around it seems the image is only 1 unit wide however.

Is there something else I need to do to get the image to map to a plane with different orientation?

Rick Frank
On Aug 28, 2016, at 12:51 PM, David Gobbi <david.gobbi at gmail.com> wrote:

Hi Frank,

It looks like you are doing a data transformation when you should be doing a view transformation.  Don't rotate the actor if your goal is to rotate the view.  When you rotate the actor, you are changing the relationship between data coordinates and world coordinates. 

If you want a sagittal view, then you can rotate the view by moving the VTK camera.  The mapper has a method SliceFacesCameraOn() that can be used to make the mapper automatically extract a slice in the correct orientation.

Also, please limit the width of inlined images to around 1000 pixels or less.  Large inlined images make your email hard to read on my system (I wish that gmail would auto-shrink oversized inlined images, but unfortunately it displays them full-size, even if they're several times the size of the display).

 - David

On Sun, Aug 28, 2016 at 9:56 AM, Richard Frank <rickfrank at me.com> wrote:

Hi David,

Thanks for the reply. I'm still a bit confused about what I've tried and why it doesn't work....

So, I have 3 slice views and in the screenshot the Axial View is lined up appropriately (image position patient is in the correct place, and each slice is in correct place etc) with the world coordinates by using the image reslice axis and camera etc to align the DICOM coordinates and the VTK World coordinates.

I now want to orient the sagittal slice so that it aligns with the world coordinates.

(see screen shots)

I believe I need to rotate the slice (if I could rotate the actor) about Z 90 CCW and then about its new X 0- degrees and then move the camera about world Y 90 and the roll the camera 90 to get the sagittal voxels DICOM aligned with the World Coordinates.

I tried various parameters for the resliceMapper->SetSlicePlane() but the slice just dissapears off screen somewhere so I must be getting sometime wrong.

How would I use the SetSlicePlane to achieve this?



On Aug 27, 2016, at 02:51 PM, David Gobbi <david.gobbi at gmail.com> wrote:

You should also try vtkImageSliceMapper instead of vtkImageResliceMapper,
perhaps its behavior will better suit your requirements.

On Sat, Aug 27, 2016 at 11:51 AM, David Gobbi <david.gobbi at gmail.com> wrote:

Hi Rick,

You're seeing this because you are doing an out-of-plane rotation on an image that has only one slice.  The rotation is around the image origin, which (in this case) is at the bottom-left corner of the image.

The vtkImageResliceMapper has a SetSlicePlane() method:

You must rotate this SlicePlane when you rotate the vtkImageSlice.

 - David

On Sat, Aug 27, 2016 at 10:54 AM, Richard Frank <rickfrank at me.com> wrote:


If I build the example

and add


Which should, I think, rotate the image actor about its X axis by 1 degree, I instead get

which seems incorrect.

I can rotate about Z.

Is there something I'm not doing correctly, or is this a bug?

I also tried RotateWXYZ(1,1,0,0) and get the same result.

This is VTK 7



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