Surface of the brain: three-dimensional MR images created with volume rendering

Radiology. 1989 Apr;171(1):277-80. doi: 10.1148/radiology.171.1.2928539.


Image processing and volume rendering have been applied to magnetic resonance (MR) images to produce three-dimensional views of the surface of the brain. Four healthy volunteers and 17 patients with a variety of disorders underwent MR imaging of the head, and these images were processed and subjected to volume rendering. The resulting three-dimensional views depict abnormalities of the brain surface, as well as important landmarks of normal brain surface anatomy such as precentral, postcentral, superior temporal, and inferior frontal gyri, which are difficult to identify on cross-sectional images.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Brain / anatomy & histology*
  • Child
  • Computer Graphics*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Male
  • Meningeal Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Meningioma / diagnosis