I have a human chest data as below:-

data3D = BlockchainGet[   "ecfe5311a6b5ae164aca82b58c630e150ab93b1fd1b0c9d0b48e276e624b51c7"];
Show[Image3D[data3D], Axes -> True, AxesLabel -> {Style["z", Bold, 16], Style["y", Bold, 16], Style["x", Bold, 16]}]

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How can I make it looks like a x-ray? For example, something similar to below:-

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For plot, there may be something like PlotTheme -> "XRay", but it is not supported by Image3D. Or are there any other method to make to more alike a x-ray?


  • $\begingroup$ Maybe AnatomyPlot3D is something you are looking for? $\endgroup$
    – amator2357
    Apr 18, 2019 at 15:47

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We can use the builtin ColorFunction -> "XRay":

Image3D[data3D, ColorFunction -> "XRay", Background -> Black]

We can use custom rendering options to make the x-ray more prominent:

  Image3D[data3D, ColorFunction -> "XRay", 
    Method -> {"VolumeLighting" -> "EnhancedEdge","InterpolateValues" -> True}],
  Lighting -> {{"Ambient", White}}, 
  Background -> Black, Boxed -> False

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. Is it possible to add the box back? I tried to add Axes -> True, AxesLabel -> {Style["z", Bold, 16], Style["y", Bold, 16], Style["x", Bold, 16]} back to Show, but then the blackground disappeared. $\endgroup$
    – H42
    Apr 18, 2019 at 17:51
  • $\begingroup$ I noticed that too. I think adding Background -> Black as an option to Show will fix it. $\endgroup$
    – Greg Hurst
    Apr 18, 2019 at 17:56
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    $\begingroup$ @H42 I do not think it is just a matter of color function or lighting or background. 3-D rendering is for volume data inspection and assumes some viewpoint of an observer. X-ray projection needs to assume a focal spot and a screen (film, dector array). This is quite a different geometry! $\endgroup$
    – UDB
    Apr 22, 2019 at 11:02

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