3D CT Cinematic Rendering of Mandibular Odontogenic Myxofibroma
Steven P. Rowe, MD, PhD, Elliot K. Fishman, MD
Three dimensional (3D) methods for visualizing volumetric computed tomography (CT) data can aid in understanding the extent of a disease process and planning necessary surgical interventions. Recently, a new method of 3D image creation known as cinematic rendering (CR) has been developed that produces photorealistic images from standard CT acquisitions. We describe the CT appearance of a rare tumor type, odontogenic myxofibroma, in the mandible of a 33-year-old woman, and we focus on the potential applications of CR visualizations in this and similar scenarios. While prospective data quantifying the advantages of CR relative to traditional methods of 3D visualization are still forthcoming, the photorealistic quality of CR images nonetheless suggests important potential utility for this method. Realistic shadowing effects in the images create depth and show the relative positions of objects within a visualized volume in an advantageous manner. Furthermore, soft tissue detail allows visualization of structures that can otherwise be difficult to render with traditional methods.