# Calculation of 2D FFT for an image

I am trying to obtain 2D FFT of an image. From the 2D FFT, I wish to calculate the amplitude of the FFT averaged over a circle vs the distance in pixels by varying the radius of the pixels which is effectively the distance in pixels.

The FFT of the original image is obtained by the following code. The scale bar for the original image is roughly like this: Distance in pixels = 4 Distance in scale = 1 micrometer.

Code to evaluate 2D FFT:

data = Binarize[Dilation[image, 1]]

Dimensions[ImageData[data]]; //this step is just for checking purposes

Imgdata = ImageData[data]


Since I have already binarized the image, the dimension of the image will be of the form M X N The main steps for the Fourier Transform:

FWData = Imgdata

FWData = FWData*(-1)^Table[i + j, {i, IRow}, {j, ICol}]

fw = Fourier[FWData, FourierParameters -> {1, -1}]


Magnification Factor is just for adjusting the intensity of the FFT image which I have observed in some cases is too light

MagnificationFactor = 1

abs = MagnificationFactor*Log[1 + Abs@fw]

Image[abs/Max[abs]]


Finally, I arive at the following image giving the 2D FFT amplitude spectrum. Black = 0 and white = 1

Now what I have to do is to plot the amplitude of the FFT averaged over circles with respect to distance in pixels.I wanted to find the centre of the image and then assume a circle with a certain radius and average the FFT amplitude over that radius and continue by changing the radius.

Once, we get the plot we can change the distance in pixels to the real world distance using the scale bar.

Any help will be highly appreciated.

• Four questions on this site and you still don't format your posts properly. Please, go to the help centre and read more about the topic. – Sektor Jun 30 '15 at 10:47
• @Sektor, I am sorry. I have made the modifications and hope this makes the question clear and convincing. – Matcax Jun 30 '15 at 11:20

You didn't post a sample image, so I'll use the Lena test image:

img = ColorConvert[ExampleData[{"TestImage", "Lena"}], "Grayscale"];

fft = Fourier[ImageData[img]];
fft = RotateLeft[fft, Floor[Dimensions[fft]/2]];


(RotateLeft is basically equivalent to *(-1)^Table[i + j, {i, IRow}, {j, ICol}] in your code: it shifts the 0/0 frequency to the center of the result image)

Image[Rescale[Log[Abs[fft] + 10.^-10]]] Now I can use ImageTransformation to convert this image to polar coordinates:

radius = Sqrt[Total[Dimensions[fft]^2]]/2.;
fftPolar =
ImageTransformation[
Image[Abs[fft]], {Cos[#[]], Sin[#[]]} #[] &,
DataRange -> {{-1, 1}, {-1, 1}}] Every horizontal line in this image corresponds to a concentric ring around the center in the original FFT. So we can just calculate the mean of each line:

ListLogPlot[Mean /@ ImageData[fftPolar, DataReversed -> True],
DataRange -> {0, radius}, Joined -> True] Doing the same with your image yields: • Thank you for the help. But I couldn't understand that why is there this exponential background behaviour in the plot of amplitude vs pixel nos. image? – Matcax Jul 12 '15 at 9:31
• @nikie Great +1, how to you obtain the phase image? phasesData = Arg@fft; Image[phasesData /Max[phasesData]] – mrz Feb 19 '16 at 16:02
• Or Image[Rescale[Arg[fft]]]. Not sure what you expect to see in it, though – Niki Estner Feb 19 '16 at 17:43
• Can you have a look on the following question: mathematica.stackexchange.com/questions/195288/… – mrz Apr 17 '19 at 18:44

Thank you for this. However, there is a problem when going from Cartesian to polar coordinate. The image is distorted. On my image the peaks are shifted, I joined measurements performed with ImageJ to illustrate it.

Edit: I recommend to use this method to change coordinate. Note you'll have to change the following line. {center, radius} = {ImageDimensions[img]/2, ImageDimensions[img][]}; .

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