Tracheobronchial tree: three-dimensional spiral CT with bronchoscopic perspective

J Comput Assist Tomogr. 1996 Sep-Oct;20(5):777-81. doi: 10.1097/00004728-199609000-00018.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Bronchography*
  • Bronchoscopy*
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed* / methods
  • Trachea / diagnostic imaging*
  • Trachea / pathology*