Abdominal Radiology

, Volume 43, Issue 11, pp 3009–3015 | Cite as

Cinematic rendering of pancreatic neoplasms: preliminary observations and opportunities

  • Linda C. ChuEmail author
  • Pamela T. Johnson
  • Elliot K. Fishman
Pictorial essay


Pancreatic cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death and CT is the most commonly used modality for the initial evaluation of suspected pancreatic cancer. Post-processing of CT data into 2D multiplanar and 3D reconstructions has been shown to improve tumor visualization and assessment of tumor resectability compared to axial slices, and is considered the standard of care. Cinematic rendering is a new 3D-rendering technique that produces photorealistic images, and it has the potential to more accurately depict anatomic detail compared to traditional 3D reconstruction techniques. The purpose of this article is to describe the potential application of CR to imaging of pancreatic neoplasms. CR has the potential to improve visualization of subtle pancreatic neoplasms, differentiation of solid and cystic pancreatic neoplasms, assessment of local tumor extension and vascular invasion, and visualization of metastatic disease.


Pancreatic neoplasms CT 3D rendering Cinematic rendering 


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Conflict of interest

Elliot K. Fishman is a cofounder of HipGraphics and receives institutional Grant support from Siemens Healthcare and GE Healthcare. Linda C. Chu declares that she has no conflict of interest. Pamela T. Johnson declares that she has no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

This study was in accordance with the ethical standards of the institution and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

Informed consent was waived by the institutional review board for the retrospective study.


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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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