Clinical Applications of 3D CT Imaging in Thoracic Pathology

  • M. Prokop


Thoracic vascular imaging is moving away from catheter angiography towards non-invasive techniques, and in particular computed tomography angiography (CTA). The three-dimensional imaging capabilities of CT and its ease of use have been the main reason for this change. However, 3D imaging is not limited to the vascular system; it also has useful but underused applications in routine chest CT, high-resolution CT (HRCT), or trauma cases. This article will present the basic rules for data acquisition for 3D imaging in chest CT and CTA, briefly discuss the various techniques for exploring a 3D data set, and finally focus on clinical applications that can improve chest imaging in daily routine as well as in situations in which it is important to gain as much information as possible about the three-dimensional extent of the anatomy and pathology of interest.


Compute Tomography Angiography Maximum Intensity Projection Volume Rendering Lung Cancer Screening Virtual Endoscopy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Prokop
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  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity Medical CenterUtrechtThe Netherlands

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