MATLAB Function Reference
contourslice

Draw contours in volume slice planes

Syntax

• contourslice(X,Y,Z,V,Sx,Sy,Sz)
contourslice(X,Y,Z,V,Xi,Yi,Zi)
contourslice(V,Sx,Sy,Sz), contourslice(V,Xi,Yi,Zi)
contourslice(...,n)
contourslice(...,cvals)
contourslice(...,[cv cv])
contourslice(...,'method')
h = contourslice(...)

Description

contourslice(X,Y,Z,V,Sx,Sy,Sz) draws contours in the x-, y-, and z-axis aligned planes at the points in the vectors Sx, Sy, Sz. The arrays X, Y, and Z define the coordinates for the volume V and must be monotonic and 3-D plaid (such as the data produced by meshgrid). The color at each contour is determined by the volume V, which must be an m-by-n-by-p volume array.

contourslice(X,Y,Z,V,Xi,Yi,Zi) draws contours through the volume V along the surface defined by the arrays Xi,Yi,Zi.

contourslice(V,Sx,Sy,Sz) and contourslice(V,Xi,Yi,Zi) (omitting the X, Y, and Z arguments) assumes [X,Y,Z] = meshgrid(1:n,1:m,1:p) where [m,n,p]= size(v).

contourslice(...,n) draws n contour lines per plane, overriding the automatic value.

contourslice(...,cvals) draws length(cval) contour lines per plane at the values specified in vector cvals.

contourslice(...,[cv cv]) computes a single contour per plane at the level cv.

contourslice(...,'method') specifies the interpolation method to use. method can be: linear, cubic, nearest. nearest is the default except when the contours are being drawn along the surface defined by Xi, Yi, Zi, in which case linear is the default (see interp3 for a discussion of these interpolation methods).

h = contourslice(...) returns a vector of handles to patch objects that are used to implement the contour lines.

Examples

This example uses the flow data set to illustrate the use of contoured slice planes (type doc flow for more information on this data set). Notice that this example:

• Specifies a vector of length = 9 for Sx, an empty vector for the Sy, and a scalar value (0) for Sz. This creates nine contour plots along the x direction in the y-z plane, and one in the x-y plane at z = 0.
• Uses linspace to define a ten-element linearly spaced vector of values from -8 to 2 that specifies the number of contour lines to draw at each interval.
• Defines the view and projection type (camva, camproj, campos)
• Sets figure (gcf) and axes (gca) characteristics.
• [x y z v] = flow;
h = contourslice(x,y,z,v,[1:9],[],[0],linspace(-8,2,10));
axis([0,10,-3,3,-3,3]); daspect([1,1,1])
camva(24); camproj perspective;
campos([-3,-15,5])
set(gcf,'Color',[.5,.5,.5],'Renderer','zbuffer')
set(gca,'Color','black','XColor','white', ...
'YColor','white','ZColor','white')
box on

See Also

Volume Visualization for related functions

 contourf contrast