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Technical Note. Tracheobronchial Tree: Three-Dimensional Spiral CT with Bronchoscopic Perspective

Ferretti, Gilbert R.; Vining, David J.; Knoplioch, Jérome; Coulomb, Max

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: September/October 1996 - Volume 20 - Issue 5 - pp 777-781
Thoracic Imaging

The purpose of this report is to describe an original 3D technique that permits bronchoscopic perspective simulations of the tracheobronchial tree on an affordable workstation. Software based on surface shading was developed to permit navigation through the central airways using spiral CT data. Multiplanar reformations are displayed simultaneously with the virtual bronchoscopy simulations to give information about tissues surrounding the airways. Two clinical examples are reported to illustrate the value of this advanced computer technique.

From the Department of Radiology, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, U.S.A. (G. R. Ferretti and D. J. Vining); and Department of Radiology, Hôpital Michallon, Grenoble (M. Coulomb), and GE Medical Systems, Buc (J. Knooplioch), France.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. G. R. Ferretti at Department of Radiology, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1088, U.S.A.

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