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CONTEXT Conventional colonoscopy is the best available method for detection of colorectal cancer; however, it is invasive and not without risk. Computed tomographic colonography (CTC), also known as virtual colonoscopy, has been reported to be reasonably accurate in the diagnosis of colorectal neoplasia in studies performed at expert centers. OBJECTIVE To(More)
The evaluation of mediastinal lymph nodes is an important aspect of staging in patients with non-small cell lung cancer. Anatomic imaging of lymph nodes with computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging has been limited by the relatively low sensitivity and specificity of these techniques. Advances in physiologic imaging of mediastinal lymph(More)
Advances in computer technology have permitted development of virtual reality images of the tracheobronchial tree using data sets derived from helical CT of the chest. To determine the relevance of these images to actual bronchoscopic findings, we compared "virtual bronchoscopy" images with videotaped bronchoscopy results in 20 patients who had undergone(More)
BACKGROUND Computed tomographic (CT) colography (virtual colonoscopy) is a new imaging method for detection of colon polyps and cancer. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the sensitivity of CT colography for polyp detection in a population without symptoms that included persons without colon neoplasia and with radiologists blinded to colonoscopic findings. METHODS(More)
Virtual colonoscopy is a minimally invasive technique that enables early detection of colorectal polyps and cancer. Normally, a patient's bowel is prepared with colonic lavage and gas insufflation prior to computed tomography scanning. An important step for 3D analysis of the image volume is segmentation of the colon. The high-contrast gas/tissue interface(More)
The purpose of this report is to describe an original 3D technique that permits bronchoscopic perspective simulations of the tracheobronchial tree on an affordable workstation. Software based on surface shading was developed to permit navigation through the central airways using spiral CT data. Multiplanar reformations are displayed simultaneously with the(More)