Volumetric Computed Tomography of the Tracheobronchial Tree

  • G. Papaioannou
  • C. Young
  • C. Owens


Imaging of the airways with 2D and 3D reconstructions has significantly improved with the advent of multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT) scanners. These scanners allow for volumetric acquisition of isotropic datasets. As a result, the scanning time is significantly reduced, and large anatomic regions are covered within seconds with optimal intravenous contrast material enhancement. MDCT scanners have significantly improved the image quality by dramatically reducing artifacts resulting from partial volume averaging and motion. Additionally, fast and user-friendly scanner workstations allow for post-processing of impressive multiplanar 2D and 3D reconstructions, which are desirable to clinicians for comprehensive pre-surgical planning purposes [1, 2].


Compute Tomographic Angiography Tracheal Stenosis Double Aortic Arch Virtual Bronchoscopy Tracheal Bronchus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Papaioannou
    • 1
  • C. Young
    • 1
  • C. Owens
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyGreat Ormond Street Hospital for Children, NHS TrustLondonUK

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