Photorealistic three-dimensional visualization of fusion datasets: cinematic rendering of PET/CT
Steven P Rowe, Martin G Pomper, Jeffrey P Leal, Robert Schneider, Sebastian Krüger, Linda C Chu, Elliot K Fishman
Abdom Radiol (NY) . 2022 Aug 2. doi: 10.1007/s00261-022-03614-1. Online ahead of print.
Purpose: Cinematic rendering (CR) is a method of photorealistic 3D visualization of volumetric imaging data. We applied this technique to fusion PET/CT data.
Methods: Two recent PET/CT cases were selected, one each of prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA)-targeted 18F-DCFPyL, and somatostatin-receptor-targeted 68 Ga-DOTATATE. Targeted radiotracers were selected in order to provide high-contrast images for this proof-of-principle study. Cinematic rendering was performed with an enhanced algorithm that incorporated internal lighting within the PET-avid organs and lesions to allow for a distinct visual signature.
Results: The use of internal lighting for PET data provided CR of fused PET/CT scans. The interpreting radiologist must make judicious use of presets and cut planes in order to ensure important findings are not missed.
Conclusions: CR of PET/CT data provides a photorealistic means of visualizing complex fusion imaging datasets. Such visualizations may aid anatomic understanding for surgical or procedural applications, may improve teaching of trainees, and may allow improved communication with patients.
Read Full Article Here: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00261-022-03614-1