[Numpy-discussion] Threshold

Zachary Pincus zachary.pincus at yale.edu
Thu Dec 2 08:14:03 EST 2010

```> mask = numpy.zeros(medical_image.shape, dtype="uint16")
> mask[ numpy.logical_and( medical_image >= lower, medical_image <=
> upper)] = 255
>
> Where lower and upper are the threshold bounds. Here I' m marking the
> array positions where medical_image is between the threshold bounds
> with 255, where isn' t with 0. The question is: Is there a better
> way to do that?

This will give you a True/False boolean mask:
mask = numpy.logical_and( medical_image >= lower, medical_image <=
upper)

mask = 255*numpy.logical_and( medical_image >= lower, medical_image <=
upper)

You can make the code a bit more terse/idiomatic by using the bitwise
operators, which do logical operations on boolean arrays:
mask = 255*((medical_image >= lower) & (medical_image <= upper))

Though this is a bit annoying as the bitwise ops (& | ^ ~) have higher
precedence than the comparison ops (< <= > >=), so you need to
parenthesize carefully, as above.

Zach

On Dec 2, 2010, at 7:35 AM, totonixsame at gmail.com wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I' m developing a medical software named InVesalius [1], it is a free
> software. It uses numpy arrays to store the medical images (CT and
> MRI) and the mask, the mask is used to mark the region of interest and
> to create 3D surfaces. Those array generally have 512x512 elements.
> The mask is created based in threshold, with lower and upper bound,
> this way:
>
> mask[ numpy.logical_and( medical_image >= lower, medical_image <=
> upper)] = 255
>
> Where lower and upper are the threshold bounds. Here I' m marking the
> array positions where medical_image is between the threshold bounds
> with 255, where isn' t with 0. The question is: Is there a better way
> to do that?
>
> Thank!
>
> [1] - svn.softwarepublico.gov.br/trac/invesalius
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