Cinematic rendering of non-traumatic thoracic aorta emergencies: a new look at an old problem
Mohammad Yasrab, Ryan C Rizk, Linda C Chu, Elliot K Fishman
Emerg Radiol . 2024 Jan 18. doi: 10.1007/s10140-024-02204-6. Online ahead of print.
Non-traumatic thoracic aorta emergencies are acute conditions associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. In the emergency setting, timely detection of aortic injury through radiological imaging is crucial for prompt treatment planning and favorable patient outcomes. 3D cinematic rendering (CR), a novel rendering algorithm for computed tomography (CT) image processing, allows for life-like visualization of spatial details and contours of highly complex anatomic structures such as the thoracic aorta and its vessels, generating a photorealistic view that not just adds to diagnostic confidence, but is especially useful for non-radiologists, including surgeons and emergency medicine physicians. In this pictorial review, we demonstrate the utility of CR in the setting of non-traumatic thoracic aorta emergencies through 10 cases that were processed at a standalone 3D CR station at the time of presentation, including its role in diagnosis and management.