Three-dimensional (3D) CT with volume rendering and maximum intensity projection is an integral component of CT interpretation for diagnosis and treatment planning of vascular pathology. Cinematic rendering is a new rendering algorithm that incorporates a more advanced lighting model than that used for volume rendering, to create photorealistic 3D CT images. The post-processing tool is not yet widely available and its ultimate clinical utility has yet to be assessed in well-designed studies. Nonetheless, the striking level of detail and enhanced depiction of 3D anatomic relationships holds potential for improvements in diagnosis, interventional or operative planning and patient-centred care. In this pictorial essay, a series of complex cardiovascular cases are presented to demonstrate the enhanced display capabilities associated with cinematic rendering, and the utility to guide patient management and understanding is discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging