Emergency Radiology

, Volume 26, Issue 5, pp 573–580 | Cite as

Cinematic rendering of skin and subcutaneous soft tissues: potential applications in acute trauma

  • Linda C. ChuEmail author
  • Steven P. Rowe
  • Elliot K. Fishman
Pictorial Essay


Skin and subcutaneous (SQ) findings are important clinical clues in assessing the mechanism and severity of traumatic injury. These findings can help the radiologist pinpoint the site of injury and perform a focused assessment of the underlying deeper tissues. However, these clues are difficult to perceive on 2D CT images and can be overlooked. Cinematic rendering (CR) is a novel 3D imaging technique that generates photorealistic views based on a new lighting model. CR can be optimized to provide renderings of the skin, SQ tissues, and underlying musculature. Depth perception, soft tissue differentiation, as well as the visualization of lacerations and gunshot wounds can also be enhanced by CR. Potentially significant information in assessing the extent of acute trauma and associated complications can be gleaned through the use of CR.


Cinematic rendering Trauma Skin Subcutaneous tissues 


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Conflict of interest

Dr. Elliot K. Fishman receives institutional grant support from Siemens Healthineers and GE Healthcare and is the cofounder of HipGraphics Inc. Linda C. Chu and Steven P. Rowe declare no disclosures.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological ScienceJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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