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Re: changing contrast and brightness on the fly

Perhaps no one has said this because it's obvious, but just in case:

Level and width (as described by whatshisname above) is a more natural
way to write your code.  If people want brightness and contrast, the
connections are as follows:

Higher contrast means a more narrow window
Brighter image means a lower level

I don't know what the convention is for units of contrast and brightness, but
for example:

a = congrid(indgen(2^6,2^6),300,300) ; dummy image with range of 2^12

aMin = min(a,max=aMax) ; get max and min values of raw image

; scale all 12 bits of data into 8 bits of display
; one might call this contrast = 0 (out of 100) and brightness = 50 (out of 100)

; now, to display some other contrast and brightness
contrast = 50
brightness = 25

Level = (1-brightness/100.)*(aMax - aMin) + aMin
width = (1-contrast/100.)*(aMax - aMin)

displayMax = level + width/2
displayMin = level - width/2


Hope this helps,
Sean La Shell

Massachusetts General Hospital
Radiation Oncology
Northeast Proton Therapy Center