Creation of isotropic volumes with submillimeter multidetector computed tomography (CT) has expanded interpretative practice to routinely include two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) postprocessing techniques. Currently, 2D multiplanar reformatting, maximum intensity projection, and 3D volume rendering are available on most workstations. Only volume rendering yields a 3D display that depicts all tissue types from any orientation. Utility is not limited to vascular applications, as 3D volume rendering can be used to evaluate neoplastic, infectious, and inflammatory processes that affect the small-bowel mesentery. Specifically, interactive interpretation of multidetector CT data sets with volume rendering can help characterize nonvascular mesenteric disease, elucidate its extent through more comprehensive display, and facilitate the identification of complications.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging