We describe a method to perform postacquisition processing of computed tomography colonography (virtual colonoscopy) datasets that results in electronic removal of opacified, ingested bowel contents while reconstructing natural appearing boundaries of colon lumen and thereby permitting three-dimensional visual analyses of the resulting colon models.
Colon cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in the developed countries. Most colon cancers can be prevented if precursor colon polyps are detected and removed. Virtual colonoscopy, or CT colonography, has shown promise to be the future screening tool for polyp detection, with a number of studies performed at academic institutions showing high… (More)
Enhanced z-axis coverage with thin overlapping slices in breath-hold acquisitions with multidetector CT (MDCT) has considerably enhanced the quality of multiplanar 3D reconstruction. This pictorial essay describes the improvements in 3D reconstruction and technical aspects of 3D reconstruction and rendering techniques available for abdominal imaging.… (More)