CT angiography with volume rendering: advantages and applications in splanchnic vascular imaging

Radiology. 1996 Aug;200(2):564-8. doi: 10.1148/radiology.200.2.8685358.


The authors compared volume rendering with maximum intensity projection (MIP) and shaded surface display as a technique for generating three-dimensional (3D) images of the vasculature from spiral computed tomography (CT) data sets. In four patients with pathologic splanchnic vasculature, the advantages of volume-rendered display are illustrated for depiction of 3D vascular anatomy, vascular and visceral interrelationships, variant vasculature, tumor encasement, and hepatic tumor localization for presurgical planning.

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen / blood supply*
  • Adult
  • Algorithms
  • Angiography / methods
  • Carcinoma, Hepatocellular / diagnostic imaging
  • Female
  • Hepatic Artery / diagnostic imaging
  • Hepatic Veins / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted*
  • Liver Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Mesenteric Artery, Superior / diagnostic imaging
  • Mesenteric Veins / diagnostic imaging
  • Middle Aged
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Pancreatic Pseudocyst / diagnostic imaging
  • Pancreatitis / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*