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Free Content 3D Cinematic Rendering and Its Applications in Neuroimaging: Studio Magic Meets Anatomy and Pathology

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Cinematic rendering, an advanced volume-rendering technique, is an innovative postprocessing tool for CT that is based on the animation industry. Through its complex image projection algorithms that provide a realistic shadowing effect and numerous postprocessing tools, cinematic rendering can create 3-dimensional models that mimic real life. Cinematic rendering has numerous applications in addition to its utility as a possible diagnostic problem-solving tool. We provide a brief overview of the technique of cinematic rendering; review its applications for neuroimaging in medical education, patient communication, and surgical planning; and discuss its benefits and limitations.

Learning Objective: To understand the basics of the cinematic rendering technique, its nondiagnostic applications, and its benefits and limitations.
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Keywords: CR = cinematic rendering; MDCT = multidetector CT; VR = volume rendering

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2019

This article was made available online on March 19, 2019 as a Fast Track article with title: "3D Cinematic Rendering and Its Applications in Neuroimaging: Studio Magic Meets Anatomy and Pathology".

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  • Neurographics is the peer-reviewed, bimonthly educational journal of the American Society of Neuroradiology. The journal comprises articles selected from material presented at the ASNR Annual Meeting. Neurographics also publishes other high-quality submissions that are primarily educational and have a high emphasis on a pictorial approach. Neurographics offers CME credit for reading review articles and completing quiz-based self-assessment activities. CME credit for review articles may be claimed up to 3 years after an article's publication date. Visit https://members.asnr.org/webcast/content/course_list.asp?src=Neurographics to view all available CME courses.
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