Techniques, clinical applications and limitations of 3D reconstruction in CT of the abdomen

Michael M. Maher, Mannudeep K. Kalra, Dushyant V. Sahani, James J. Perumpillichira, Stephania Rizzo, Sanjay Saini, Peter R. Mueller

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Enhanced z-axis coverage with thin overlapping slices in breath-hold acquisitions with multidetector CT (MDCT) has considerably enhanced the quality of multiplanar 3D reconstruction. This pictorial essay describes the improvements in 3D reconstruction and technical aspects of 3D reconstruction and rendering techniques available for abdominal imaging. Clinical applications of 3D imaging in abdomen including liver, pancreaticobiliary system, urinary and gastrointestinal tracts and imaging before and after transplantation are discussed. In addition, this article briefly discusses the disadvantages of thin-slice acquisitions including increasing numbers of transverse images, which must be reviewed by the radiologist.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-67
Number of pages13
JournalKorean Journal of Radiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2004


  • 3D
  • Computed tomography abdomen multidetector

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology


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