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Compute isosurface end-cap geometry


fvc = isocaps(X,Y,Z,V,isovalue)
fvc = isocaps(V,isovalue)
fvc = isocaps(...,'enclose')
fvc = isocaps(...,'whichplane')
[f,v,c] = isocaps(...)


fvc = isocaps(X,Y,Z,V,isovalue) computes isosurface end-cap geometry for the volume data V at isosurface value isovalue. The arrays X, Y, and Z define the coordinates for the volume V.

The struct fvc contains the face, vertex, and color data for the end-caps and can be passed directly to the patch command.

fvc = isocaps(V,isovalue) assumes the arrays X, Y, and Z are defined as [X,Y,Z] = meshgrid(1:n,1:m,1:p) where [m,n,p] = size(V).

fvc = isocaps(...,'enclose') specifies whether the end-caps enclose data values above or below the value specified in isovalue. The 'enclose' option can be either 'above' (default) or 'below'.

fvc = isocaps(...,'whichplane') specifies on which planes to draw the end-caps. Possible values for 'whichplane' are 'all' (default), 'xmin', 'xmax', 'ymin', 'ymax', 'zmin', or 'zmax'.

[f,v,c] = isocaps(...) returns the face, vertex, and color data for the end-caps in three arrays instead of the struct fvc.

isocaps(...) without output arguments draws a patch with the computed faces, vertices, and colors.


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This example uses a data set that is a collection of MRI slices of a human skull. It illustrates the use of isocaps to draw the end-caps on this cutaway volume.

The red isosurface shows the outline of the volume (skull) and the end-caps show what is inside of the volume.

The patch created from the end-cap data (p2) uses interpolated face coloring, which means the gray colormap and the light sources determine how it is colored. The isosurface patch (p1) used a flat red face color, which is affected by the lights, but does not use the colormap.

load mri
D = squeeze(D);
D(:,1:60,:) = [];
p1 = patch(isosurface(D, 5),'FaceColor','red',...
p2 = patch(isocaps(D, 5),'FaceColor','interp',...
axis tight
camlight left
lighting gouraud

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Version History

Introduced before R2006a