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How to scan a circle that is drawn over an image object?

Asked by Zara Khan on 14 Jul 2018 at 7:33
Latest activity Commented on by Zara Khan on 15 Jul 2018 at 6:57

A circle is drawn over a binary image object using plot. After this drawn I again want to scan this circle and want to store its circumference coordinates points to an array. How to do that?


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Actually I have taken small theta step size to draw a circle. So I am getting many coincidening points. Thats the reason I have plotted that circle over the binary image and then again want to store it's circumference coordinates to an array. In this way I will get individual coordinates

Quantize the coordinates to integers, and take the unique pairs. No drawing required. If you need them in order, you can use boundary() or you can subtract the centroid so that the points circle the centroid, and then convert to polar coordinates, and sort by angle.

I have got my unique points and this is forming a straight line . I am not getting any circle. How to resolve this ?

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Answer by Image Analyst
on 14 Jul 2018 at 14:10
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The form or size of the image below doesn't matter. It could be binary (with various irregularly shaped blobs in it), RGB, gray scale, whatever - it just doesn't matter.

Since you already have your (x,y) points of the "circle" (because you plotted them), if they're not already your circumference points (like it's a wiggly circle instead of a perfect circle), then you can fit a circle to what you have to get the "perfect" circle radius and center using the FAQ:

Now once you have the perfect circle, you can regenerate the perfect circle coordinates. Call round() on them if you want to quantize them to integer row, column values.


well this is always giving me fixed no of points when considering theta. Actually I dont want this. I want to draw a circle over an binary image objects and want to store all(not fixed no of) its circumference coordinates pixels.

Actually when I am drawing 2 circles with two different radius but with same centers then using theta giving me some fixed no of points whatever the circle circumference is. This is actually I dont want. Circumference length will be different so no of points will differ. Is there any way do this?

The just call poly2mask() with your x,y coordinates, and get an image, then just call bwboundaries() on that image. Done. Simple.

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