MDCT and 3D Workstations: A Practical How-To Guide and by Scott A. Lipson

By Scott A. Lipson

Written by means of Scott A. Lipson, MD, an expert within the box, this e-book is perfect for radiologists, radiology citizens, and CT technologists who're getting begun in multidetector CT or who are looking to increase and optimize their CT provider. This concise advisor and instructing dossier is the best creation to MDCT volumetric imaging and 3D workstations. meant to function a pragmatic, easy-to-read systematic studying instrument, the e-book starts by way of introducing the reader to the method of snapshot info acquisition, CT protocols, snapshot reconstruction and assessment, 3D workstations, medical computing device use, and CT workflow potency. the second one element of this booklet is a volumetric imaging educating dossier. instances are logically equipped through imaging focus—vascular, pediatric, trauma, physique, cardiac, orthopedic, and neuroimaging—and current the heritage, analysis, and scientific value. Emphasis is put on particular strategies and instructing issues. With easy accessibility in brain, this instructing dossier condenses the "must-know" details in MDCT volumetric imaging into one handy resource. A wealth of illustrations, many in colour, and tables provides to the easy layout.

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From the image even simple variation in window/level settings is an easy way to emphasize or de-emphasize certain anatomy. With the use of a histogram, the height and shape of the brightness and opacity curves may be changed interactively to optimize tissue display. A great strength of volume rendering is its interactivity. The image can be rotated and viewed from any angle. Volumes can be manipulated in many different ways to demonstrate the desired anatomy. Parts of the data set can be edited out (segmentation) or windowed out so they are transparent.

All data that do not contribute to the surface of an object are discarded. This technique works well when surfaces are very clearly defined and there is a large density difference between an object and the adjacent tissues. This is generally the case for bone imaging. The SR image takes on a 3D quality when a gray or color scale value is assigned to each surface that is proportional to the distance between the hypothetical vantage point and that surface. An object may be rotated in space and viewed from different vantage points, and the computer will recalculate the surface display by determining the distance between the new vantage point and the surface of the tissue of interest.

Many of the choices made depend on variables that are site and radiologist dependent and have nothing to do with the scanner or the examination performed. Questions to consider when designing reconstruction protocols include the following: How will the images be viewed—on a PACS monitor, on film, or directly on a 3D–capable workstation? What is the archival method—film or electronic storage? If the storage is electronic, is it on-site or remote? What is the cost structure for the storage? Finally, many of the choices will come down to the personal preferences of individual radiologists.

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