Projection-slice Theorem

In mathematics, the projection-slice theorem or Fourier slice theorem in two dimensions states that the results of the following two calculations are equal:

  • Take a two-dimensional function f(r), project it onto a (one-dimensional) line, and do a Fourier transform of that projection.
  • Take that same function, but do a two-dimensional Fourier transform first, and then slice it through its origin, which is parallel to the projection line.

In operator terms, if

  • F1 and F2 are the 1- and 2-dimensional Fourier transform operators mentioned above,
  • P1 is the projection operator (which projects a 2-D function onto a 1-D line) and
  • S1 is a slice operator (which extracts a 1-D central slice from a function),


This idea can be extended to higher dimensions.

This theorem is used, for example, in the analysis of medical CT scans where a "projection" is an x-ray image of an internal organ. The Fourier transforms of these images are seen to be slices through the Fourier transform of the 3-dimensional density of the internal organ, and these slices can be interpolated to build up a complete Fourier transform of that density. The inverse Fourier transform is then used to recover the 3-dimensional density of the object. This technique was first derived by Bracewell (1956) for a radio astronomy problem.

Read more about Projection-slice Theorem:  The Projection-slice Theorem in N Dimensions, Proof in Two Dimensions, The FHA Cycle, Extension To N-dimension Signal

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