Three-dimensional CT cinematic rendering of adrenal masses: Role in tumor analysis and management
Taha M Ahmed, Steven P Rowe, Elliot K Fishman, Philippe Soyer, Linda C Chu
Diagn Interv Imaging . 2023 Oct 3:S2211-5684(23)00178-X. doi: 10.1016/j.diii.2023.09.004. Online ahead of print.
The adrenal gland is home to an array of complex physiological and neoplastic disease processes. While dedicated adrenal computed tomography (CT) is the gold standard imaging modality for adrenal lesions, there exists significant overlap among imaging features of adrenal pathology. This can often make radiological diagnosis and subsequent determination of the optimal surgical approach challenging. Cinematic rendering (CR) is a novel CT post-processing technique that utilizes advanced light modeling to generate highly photorealistic anatomic visualization. This generates unique prospects in the evaluation of adrenal masses. As one of the first large tertiary care centers to incorporate CR into routine diagnostic workup, our preliminary experience with using CR has been positive, and we have found CR to be a valuable adjunct during surgical planning. Herein, we highlight the unique utility of CR techniques in the workup of adrenal lesions and provide commentary on the opportunities and obstacles associated with the application of this novel display method in this setting.