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7.5.6. nilearn.image.index_img

nilearn.image.index_img(imgs, index)

Indexes into a 4D Niimg-like object in the fourth dimension.

Common use cases include extracting a 3D image out of img or creating a 4D image whose data is a subset of img data.


imgs: 4D Niimg-like object

index: Any type compatible with numpy array indexing

Used for indexing the 4D data array in the fourth dimension.


output: nibabel.Nifti1Image


First we concatenate two mni152 images to create a 4D-image:

>>> from nilearn import datasets
>>> from nilearn.image import concat_imgs, index_img
>>> joint_mni_image = concat_imgs([datasets.load_mni152_template(),
...                                datasets.load_mni152_template()])
>>> print(joint_mni_image.shape)
(91, 109, 91, 2)

We can now select one slice from the last dimension of this 4D-image:

>>> single_mni_image = index_img(joint_mni_image, 1)
>>> print(single_mni_image.shape)
(91, 109, 91)