Hi @turbine ,
That’s why you need to look at the histogram, let’s take an example.
You can open the image m51 (File > Open Samples> m51), it is a 16-bit image, using the display range 0-65535, we see pretty much nothing.
Looking at the histogram (Analyze > Histogram) you see that the max is 10106.
So now if we change the display to 0-10106, you’ll get something like this (image below), which allow us to see a bit better. BUT if you click on the button “Log” in the histogram Window (to display the histogram with a log scale on the y axis) you will have a better idea of the pixel intensities distribution and you realize that even if the Max is 10106, there are not so many pixels above 3000.
So now we change the display to 0-3000 and we can see even better!
Eventually, you can also use a different Lookup Table (Image > Lookup Table ), I personally like the “Fire” image below) and you can use a “ramp” image and specify the limit of your display 0-3000. (you can also notice the update of the histogram)
Short answer: No
Longer answer: As shown above, you can change the display of your image, BUT if you want to compare images (between condition A and B) you have to acquire and display them with the same parameters.
PS : I’d suggest you have a look at this post to learn more :