Editing, volume cropping, manipulation with transfer functions, and segmentation are common but time-consuming techniques, not convenient in the emergency setting. People with kidney disease or diabetes may need to receive extra fluids after the test to help flush the iodine out of the body. 7, 30 November 2015 | The International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging, Vol. 38, No. The techniques are similar to all other CT and MR angiographic techniques, but optimized to evaluate the abdominal aorta and the renal arteries. 7, Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, Vol. However, the risk from any one scan is small. Use of a high-opacity setting improves the 3D representation; however, the enhanced cavernous sinus hides small portions of the ICA. Thus, a carotid scan should include the aortic arch as well as the circle of Willis. Although cerebral catheter angiography or digital subtraction angiography are both performed in the interventional radiology department and are still generally regarded as the gold standard for the imaging of cerebrovascular disorders, those techniques are time consuming and are associated with a small, but significant, rate of permanent neurologic complications. 88, No. 54, No. Mortality is high among patients with aneurysm rupture, and prompt localization of the aneurysm is critical to determine the appropriate neurosurgical or endovascular intervention. CT stands for computed tomography. 6, 1 September 2015 | Acta Radiologica, Vol. Volume rendering is a visualization technique that creates a 3D impression and provides densitometric information. As described earlier, standard visualization of CT angiography data with volume rendering is based on transfer functions that map measured intensities to colors and opacities (,11). Figure 5d. 1, Journal of the Korean Society of Radiology, Vol. These images can be stored, viewed on a monitor, or printed on film. 7, No. Different transfer function settings alter the representation of the lumen. However, the small size of these vessels makes lumen measurements questionable. From these seed points, more and more neighboring voxels that fulfill predefined criteria are included in the segmentation (,14). Soft kernels reduce image noise and allow smooth surfaces with rendering techniques, improving the visualization of aneurysms and vascular malformations. CT angiography is used to assess anatomy, and to depict the presence, location and extent of calcified and non-calcified plaque as a cause of high grade stenosis. Figure 4. 09, 14 March 2017 | British Journal of Neurosurgery, Vol. Figure 18a. The individual start delay can be set between the arterial peak and the venous upslope. (a) Axial source image. (The image was created from two digital subtraction angiographic series. (a, b) Volume-rendered images created without shading at low opacity (a) and high opacity (b) show accentuated vessel boundaries. Before making a diagnosis of cerebral venous thrombosis, anatomic variations of the cerebral veins and dural sinuses should be considered, such as a (unilateral) hypoplastic sinus or sinus fenestration and septa, which may mimic a thrombosed sinus, leading to a false-positive diagnosis (,40,,41). Scanners come with an intercom and speakers, so the operator can hear you at all times. (c) Image from selective catheter angiography shows the same findings as CT angiography. In CT venography, scan speed is not a major issue, so image quality does not degrade if four-row scanners are used instead of 16–64-section scanners. (The transfer functions in b and c are identical.) Superimposition of vessels leads to artificially altered lumen margins, and pathologic conditions may be hidden. An essential prerequisite for successful postprocessing is good quality of the acquired imaging data. This technique is able to create pictures of the blood vessels in the head and neck. 21, No. 3, No. Test bolus injection is the alternative to assess the individual circulation time. 42, No. asked to lie on a narrow table that slides into the center of the CT scanner Segmentation algorithms are often based on the principle of region growing (,13). How the Test is Performed This is particularly true for evaluating neurovascular disease. 3, 21 September 2011 | Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, Vol. (The image was created from two digital subtraction angiographic series.). (a, b) Coronal MPR (a) and thin-slab MIP (b) images show the internal structure of the lesion and thinning of the skull in detail. 92, No. 26, 3 January 2017 | Nano Research, Vol. CT stands for computed tomography. 3, 8 July 2011 | RadioGraphics, Vol. The latter method removes only interfering tissue (bone or densely enhanced veins) from the CT angiography data and retains soft tissue as well as contrast-enhanced vessels for further evaluation. 192, No. Enter your email address below and we will send you the reset instructions. It is the oldest form of angiography, which is vessel imaging with the use of a contrast agent. 249, No. Assessment of vascular studies based on axial images alone is not straightforward; two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) visualization methods are routinely employed to create images comparable to those acquired with catheter angiography. 4, American Journal of Roentgenology, Vol. Adapting the cross-sectional view manually is an alternative, but this may be time-consuming. 10, European Journal of Radiology, Vol. The disadvantage is that a large target vessel for monitoring the contrast material arrival is required, and an additional delay for table movement and patient instruction is necessary. The arteries in the lungs , kidneys , brain and legs can then be examined. Figure 2b. Top left: Three-dimensional rendered image highlights the segmented part of the right carotid artery. MRI of the brain and/or cervical spine occasionally identifies a source of angiogram-negative acute SAH such as a thrombosed aneurysm, cavernous malformation, cerebral amyloid angiopathy, or spinal vascular malformation, but the overall diagnostic yield is low. The dye is injected through an intravenous (IV) line started in your arm or hand. Postprocessing Strategies for Various Neurovascular Indications. However, if vessels are anatomically not well separated from bone, it is impossible to achieve a clear differentiation. Figure 7. The exempted vessels can then be visualized with MIP or volume rendering (,Fig 16,,). 9, Magnetic Resonance in Medical Sciences, Vol. (b) Volume-rendered image from bone subtraction CT angiography shows the vessels clearly. *TF = transfer function, VR = volume rendering. Figure 20c. (a, b) Coronal MPR (a) and thin-slab MIP (b) images show the internal structure of the lesion and thinning of the skull in detail. BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Lack of cerebral circulation is an important confirmatory test for brain death (BD). Cross-sectional MPR image (bottom left) obtained at the current path location, which is indicated by the purple crosshairs on the stretched MPR image (middle), shows the residual lumen surrounded by dense calcification. Figure 19c. A correct lumen boundary definition with exclusion of calcifications is the other prerequisite. CTA of the head may be done to look for the cause of: Results are considered normal if no problems are seen. (c) On an image created with a low-opacity setting, the sinus is transparent, thus allowing visualization of the vessel boundary. (e, f) Volume-rendered image from bone subtraction CT angiography (e) and image from digital subtraction angiography (f) show that the lesion has no feeding vessels from the ICA (inset). 4, Radiologic Clinics of North America, Vol. Many vessel analysis tools offer automatic lumen measurement procedures. ,Figure 9 explains the behavior of the gradient magnitude around tissue boundaries for the one-dimensional case. (a) Volume-rendered image from bone subtraction CT angiography (view from above) shows a simulated occlusion of the right distal ICA (C7) and proximal anterior (A1) and medial (M1) cerebral arteries. Bilateral stenoses of the distal ICA. Since algorithms in volume rendering tools are not uniform, measurements of the same data may reveal inconsistent results on different workstations. Right: Cross-sectional diagram shows the results of automatic measurement of area or diameter along the analysis path. CT scans use more radiation than regular x-rays. 2, Journal of the Korean Society of Radiology, Vol. Orthogonal views of the vessel are required to evaluate the lumen (,33), which is most comfortably done by creating a centerline first and reformatting cross-sectional views along this line subsequently with the aid of vessel analysis suites. CT angiography (CTA) is performed by scanning the patient during a rapid IV contrast bolus infusion while the contrast is in the arterial phase. 260, No. Many semiautomatic vessel analysis tools combine the techniques described earlier. Attempts are made to correct these shifts with iterative registration routines and local subtraction (,36). 1, Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports, Vol. Some authors advocate multidetector CT angiography as the primary method to evaluate cerebral aneurysms (,43,,44). 3, The British Journal of Radiology, Vol. 75, No. 7, No. 45, No. How the Test is Performed Venous structures may be removed with segmentation tools. Profile of the ideal tissue boundary and the corresponding result at CT angiographic reformation. 31, No. 56, No. 2, Open Journal of Clinical Diagnostics, Vol. (a, b) Volume-rendered images created without shading at low opacity (a) and high opacity (b) show accentuated vessel boundaries. 78, No. For evaluation of the basal intracranial arteries, a scan range of approximately 100 mm needs to be covered. (b) Volume-rendered image from bone subtraction CT angiography shows the vessels clearly. CT angiography (CTA) combines a CT scan with the injection of dye. With the above-mentioned scan parameters, the scan time would be 21 seconds for four–detector row CT, 7 seconds for 16–detector row CT, and 4 seconds for 64–detector row CT (64 × 0.6 mm, pitch of 1.3, 0.33-second rotation time). CTA is typically performed in a radiology department or … Commercially available vessel analysis tools implement these procedures. (b) Image created from the original CT angiographic data shows the location of the aneurysm clip, which was completely removed from the image. (b) In the other method category, the vessel is first segmented with the process of region growing, and the centerline is then determined with a skeletonization process (,19–,22). This technique is able to create pictures of the blood vessels in the head and neck. 31, No. The nonenhanced scan may be a diagnostic scan performed to rule out hemorrhage or ischemia or a low-dose scan performed for subtraction purposes only (,16,,25). The corresponding 2D histogram is used as background of the working area, so the user gets visual information about voxels belonging to vessels in the CT angiography data. Volume-rendered image obtained after fitting the parabolic arc object to the area representing contrast-enhanced vessels in the 2D histogram. 04, 15 September 2016 | Insights into Imaging, Vol. In: Adam A, Dixon AK, Gillard JH, Schaefer-Prokop CM, eds. (a) Volume-rendered image from bone subtraction CT angiography (view from above) shows a simulated occlusion of the right distal ICA (C7) and proximal anterior (A1) and medial (M1) cerebral arteries. Registration is rigid (translation and rotation) and based on mutual information (,26). Current status of imaging of the brain and anatomical features. • 3D reconstruction of the dataset acquired during rotational DSA represents the … They may lead to termination of the segmentation process or “algorithmic leakage.”. The newest scanners can image your entire body, head to toe, in less than 30 seconds. (c) Thin-slab MIP image shows the clip and beam-hardening artifacts. 4, 10 February 2014 | Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy, Vol. Calcified plaque can be rendered transparent with meticulous parameter setting (,Fig 5a,,,). 78, No. 3, Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery, Vol. Figure 10b. 4, American Journal of Ophthalmology, Vol. A summary of the postprocessing strategies for the clinical indications is given in the ,Table. Figure 18c. NB: This article is intended to outline some general principles of protocol design. 1, EMC - Radiologie et imagerie médicale - Cardiovasculaire - Thoracique - Cervicale, Vol. 35, No. Use of a high-opacity setting improves the 3D representation; however, the enhanced cavernous sinus hides small portions of the ICA. Atherosclerotic lesions are usually located at the carotid bifurcation, the carotid siphon, and—with smaller hemodynamic relevance—the origin from the aortic arch. 2nd ed. A computer creates many separate images of the body area, called slices. In the second step, a gray-scale shading procedure is performed to create light intensity in a given 3D scene, simulating surface reflections and shadowing from an artificial light source (,8–,10) to enhance depth perception. This technique does not require any kind of preprocessing such as segmentation or filtering and produces high-quality results just by adjustment of the applied 2D transfer function. If the CT data meet the requirements of isotropy, spatial resolution is similar to the original source images. es concerning CT angiography, with special attention to 3D imaging techniques such as surface shaded display (SSD), maximum intensity projection (MIP) and volume rendering (VR). Figure 20a. The reconstruction algorithm (convolution kernel) influences the spatial resolution in plane. Renal CT and MR angiography are noninvasive techniques use to evaluate the renal arteries, and determine if there is a narrowing or stenosis that contributes to hypertension. 3, European Journal of Radiology, Vol. Supraclinoid aneurysms can be well visualized by applying MIP or volume rendering (,16,,44–,46); volume rendering provides the best 3D impression. A particular problem in threshold-based segmentation algorithms are areas with close contact of two tissue types with comparable attenuation, such as bone and contrast-enhanced vessels (course of the ICA through the skull base; intraforaminal sections of the vertebral artery) (,Fig 6) (,15,,16). Segments with a relevant stenosis always need to be reevaluated with adapted cross-sectional images in order to exclude exaggeration of stenosis by local misregistration or an inadequate bone mask. Predefined tissue boundary templates can be interactively placed and adjusted over the corresponding 2D histogram with immediate feedback on volume-rendered images. Figure 18f. 6, 9 June 2009 | American Journal of Neuroradiology, Vol. Use of a high-opacity setting improves the 3D representation; however, the enhanced cavernous sinus hides small portions of the ICA. Computed tomography angiography (CTA) is a rapidly developing technology with great potential. Computed tomography angiography - brain; CTA - skull; CTA - cranial; TIA-CTA head; Stroke-CTA head; Computed tomography angiography - neck; CTA - neck; Vertebral artery - CTA; Carotid artery stenosis - CTA; Vertebrobasilar - CTA; Posterior circulation ischemia - CTA; TIA - CTA neck; Stroke - CTA neck. 111, No. 4, 1 December 2008 | Radiology, Vol. The utility of the contrast material bolus can be increased if a saline bolus is appended. allergy) and time constraints. CT angiography of the chest (CTA chest) is a cross-sectional diagnostic examination that can be performed ECG-gated or non-ECG gated. (c, d) Volume-rendered images created with the one-dimensional transfer function technique (c) and from segmented data with a high-opacity setting (d) provide the best 3D representation but do not show the thrombosed parts of the lesion. Large vascular malformation with significant arteriovenous shunting. CT stands for computed tomography. (a, b) Volume-rendered images created without shading at low opacity (a) and high opacity (b) show accentuated vessel boundaries. (d) Volume-rendered image created with the transfer function shifted toward higher Hounsfield unit values results in reduced caliber of the visualized vessels. Similar to CT angiography, dye is injected a high rate into the vein and the head scanned. The key question is: Which postprocessing technique is adequate for the clinical question and what are the potential pitfalls? Large vascular malformation with significant arteriovenous shunting. Conclusion • Despite recent advances in CT angiography and MR angiography, DSA remains the standard imaging technique for evaluation of the cerebral vasculature . Advances in multidetector CT (MDCT) technology with submillimeter slice collimation and high temporal resolution permit contrast-enhanced imaging of coronary arteries and coronary plaque during a single breath hold. Tissue interface characteristics in CT data can be described on the basis of Hounsfield unit intensities and their gradient magnitudes (,23). Because only the voxels representing bone are removed from the image, the soft tissues remain for further evaluation. Figure 5c. 16, No. Contrast helps certain areas show up better on x-rays. (b) On a volume-rendered image from CT angiography, parts of the ICAs are hidden. 32, No. Image processing involves traditional operations such as multiplanar reformation (MPR) and maximum intensity projection (MIP), as well as surface and volume rendering. Figure 8a. CT angiography is an imaging study of blood vessels in the key areas of the body, like the brain, kidneys, heart, pelvis, etc. CT angiography was improved substantially by increasing scan speed and decreasing section thickness and emerged as a powerful tool in neurovascular imaging. 1 – 11 Although it provides 3D anatomic information on vascular structures that is useful for diagnosis and surgical strategy planning, it does not allow visualization of the hemodynamic status of intracranial vessels. Large vascular malformation with significant arteriovenous shunting. A CT scanner uses a combination of a high-tech X-ray scanner and sophisticated computer analysis to provide detailed, 3D images of the blood vessels in your body, such as those in the brain, neck, kidneys and legs. In the emergency situation (stroke or subarachnoid hemorrhage), a robust and fast imaging technique capable of answering all vital clinical questions and allowing clear therapeutic decisions is mandatory. 9, 19 March 2009 | American Journal of Neuroradiology, Vol. Bilateral stenoses of the distal ICA. The latter protocol allows contrast phase-resolved imaging. Figure 5b. Unfortunately, many of the proposed solutions are error prone in cases of branching or nearby passing vessels and may fail in excluding calcifications (,15); furthermore, the vessel boundary identification is influenced by either static or adjustable thresholds that have a major impact on stenosis calculation (,Fig 8,,). Threshold values of 150 HU (a), 200 HU (b), and 250 HU (c) result in calculated stenosis values of 35%, 55%, and 65%, respectively. (c) MPR image aligned perpendicular to the vessel optimally depicts the residual lumen (solid arrow) and plaque calcification (dotted arrow). 3, No. Opacity values on a spectrum from 0% to 100% (total transparency to total opacity) are assigned along artificial rays that pass through the data (,12). Having many x-rays or CT scans over time may increase your risk for cancer. 4, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Vol. 40, No. As the parameters of the transfer function significantly affect the displayed lumen diameters, this method is difficult to standardize for accurate and reproducible measurements in different patients and different imaging centers (,4). CT venography is a technique employed in the diagnosis of venous thrombosis. (d) Volume-rendered image created with the transfer function shifted toward higher Hounsfield unit values results in reduced caliber of the visualized vessels. The algorithm selectively eliminates bone from the CT angiography data set, retaining both soft tissue and contrast-enhanced vessels. Figure 8c. On these cross-sectional images, measurements are performed, and the site of measurement as well as the results can be superimposed on a volume-rendered image of the corresponding vessel to provide anatomic orientation. The reconstruction increment can be arbitrarily chosen, independent of the detector collimation, but one should keep in mind the amount of resulting data: a reconstruction increment of 50%–75% of the section width may serve as a reasonable rule of thumb. (c, d) Volume-rendered images created with the one-dimensional transfer function technique (c) and from segmented data with a high-opacity setting (d) provide the best 3D representation but do not show the thrombosed parts of the lesion. MPR images orthogonal to the vessel path are then computed. 08, No. CT angiography is a type of medical test that combines a CT scan with an injection of a special dye to produce pictures of blood vessels and tissues in a part of your body. While the short arteriovenous transit time in neurovascular applications makes short scan times preferable, the small caliber of cervical and intracranial vessels requires the highest spatial resolution in all three dimensions. However, plaque calcifications (arrow in b) remain in the bone subtraction image because of misregistration due to arterial pulsation. 81, No. MPR creates views in arbitrary planes without loss of information. (c, d) Volume-rendered images created with the one-dimensional transfer function technique (c) and from segmented data with a high-opacity setting (d) provide the best 3D representation but do not show the thrombosed parts of the lesion. This parabolic arc object is interactively shifted and sized in order to fit the transfer function to the area representing contrast-enhanced vessels in the histogram with automatic feedback in the volume-rendered images (,Fig 11). (d) Volume-rendered image created with 2D transfer functions shows similar results. Shaded surface display, or surface rendering, is an algorithm that provides a good 3D impression of the surface of an object. Test bolus method. A weak area in the wall of a blood vessel that causes the blood vessel to bulge or balloon out (, The most common type of contrast given into a vein contains iodine. Open arrow = air, open arrowhead = soft tissue, solid arrowhead = vessels, solid arrow = osseous tissue. 1, Annals of Plastic Surgery, Vol. Neurovascular applications for these various image postprocessing methods include steno-occlusive disease, dural sinus thrombosis, vascular malformations, and cerebral aneurysms. (b) Sagittal MPR image. Figure 2c. (e, f) Volume-rendered image from bone subtraction CT angiography (e) and image from digital subtraction angiography (f) show that the lesion has no feeding vessels from the ICA (inset). (c) On a volume-rendered image created with shading, the 3D impression is improved but edge definition is reduced. Different transfer function settings alter the representation of the lumen. 3D-CT angiography (3D-CTA) is useful for the evaluation of intracranial lesions such as cerebral aneurysms, vascular malformations, occlusive disease, and brain tumors. As only one scan is employed, movement is irrelevant for 2D transfer function volume rendering. The depth information along the projection ray is lost; to visualize the spatial relationship of various structures, the volume has to be rotated and viewed from different angles. 9, No. Catheter brain angiogram is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure where especially detailed images of brain vessels are obtained. Both diameter reduction and area reduction can be measured, and no information is suppressed in the final image. (d) Volume-rendered image created with 2D transfer functions shows similar results. The next step is to identify the lumen boundary on these orthogonal cross-sectional images and to perform measurements. Volume-rendered (top left) and MIP (bottom left) images created after repetitive registration of subvolumes (,28) show optimized bone removal. A very convenient solution is to interactively switch between the subtracted and nonsubtracted data sets with identical view settings. If contrast is used, you may also be asked not to eat or drink anything for 4 to 6 hours before the test. Cross-sectional MPR images perpendicular to the vessel are aligned automatically according to a centerline function. Figure 13. This technique is able to create pictures of the blood vessels in the head and neck. Moderate stenosis of the left ICA. Some people have allergies to contrast dye. 64, No. 7, No. (a) On an image created with one-dimensional transfer functions, vessels and bone cannot be well differentiated because of an overlap in the attenuations of these structures. With binary data, densitometric information gets lost and makes the method prone to undesirable artifacts. Follow-up after clipping of an aneurysm. (c) On a volume-rendered image created with shading, the 3D impression is improved but edge definition is reduced. Volume rendering has supplanted shaded surface display in virtually all CT angiography indications. 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