Generate a surface mesh representation from a voxel image


voxel2mesh [ options ]  input output
  • input: the input image.
  • output: the output mesh file.


This command utilises the Marching Cubes algorithm to generate a polygonal surface that represents the isocontour(s) of the input image at a particular intensity. By default, an appropriate threshold will be determined automatically from the input image, however the intensity value of the isocontour(s) can instead be set manually using the -threhsold option.

If the -blocky option is used, then the Marching Cubes algorithm will not be used. Instead, the input image will be interpreted as a binary mask image, and polygonal surfaces will be generated at the outer faces of the voxel clusters within the mask.


  • -blocky generate a ‘blocky’ mesh that precisely represents the voxel edges
  • -threshold value manually set the intensity threshold for the Marching Cubes algorithm

Standard options

  • -info display information messages.
  • -quiet do not display information messages or progress status. Alternatively, this can be achieved by setting the MRTRIX_QUIET environment variable to a non-empty string.
  • -debug display debugging messages.
  • -force force overwrite of output files. Caution: Using the same file as input and output might cause unexpected behaviour.
  • -nthreads number use this number of threads in multi-threaded applications (set to 0 to disable multi-threading).
  • -help display this information page and exit.
  • -version display version information and exit.

Author: Robert E. Smith (robert.smith@florey.edu.au)

Copyright: Copyright (c) 2008-2018 the MRtrix3 contributors.

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