Three-dimensional surface reconstruction of the carpal bones from CT scans: Transaxial versus coronal technique

Pietro R. Biondetti, Michael W. Vannier, Louis A. Gilula, Robert H. Knapp

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Abstract

Computer methods for reconstruction of three-dimensional (3-D) images from standard CT scans have been developed. The process does not require special computer knowlege and can be performed with a unmodified CT scanner. 3-D images are especially valuable for conveying information to nonradiologist physicians, who are unfamiliar with the numerous slice-format images produced in a standard CT examination. The utility of these methods for clarification of areas of complex skeletal anatomy has been previously demonstrated in the literature. We performed 3-D imaging on a normal isolated cadaver hand and on a patient with scaphoid fracture. In both cases the 3-D images obtained had excellent osseous antomical detail. A method of acquisition of high quality wrist CT scans, suitable for 3-D processing, is suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-73
Number of pages7
JournalComputerized Medical Imaging and Graphics
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1988

Keywords

  • Computed tomography
  • Reconstruction Technique
  • Three-dimensional
  • Wrist

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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