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Though primarily reserved for use in difficult, complex cases, cinematic rendering is picking up steam as a potential alternative to other 3D imaging techniques for routine clinical application.

This edition's Insider Exclusive covers a recent study out of Germany that evaluated the capacity of cinematic rendering to improve clinicians' understanding of liver, pancreas, and bile duct anatomy as they prepared for tumor removal surgery.

Is it really more effective for surgeons to examine cinematically rendered images over conventional CT scans? Could the benefits of using the advanced imaging technique have a positive effect on patient outcomes? The researchers explored these and similar questions as part of their investigation.

As more groups explore the potential benefits of cinematic rendering, its widespread use seems to be drawing near:

  • Radiologists from Johns Hopkins University pulled from their experiences with cinematic rendering to discuss how it might be useful in the preoperative assessment of colon disease.
  • A team from California recently developed a method for applying cinematic rendering to 3D transmission ultrasound images -- generating photorealistic 3D models of the breast. The group detailed possible clinical applications of these 3D models during a presentation at the recent American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) annual meeting.

Also at the 2019 ARRS meeting, radiologists from across the world addressed the current state of medical 3D printing. Their consensus: 3D printing has a bright future in healthcare, and radiology is poised to play an important role in its integration.

Physicians at the 2018 Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance meeting in Barcelona, Spain, appeared to share this sentiment. Attendees who participated in a 3D printing course at the conference affirmed the technology's potential to benefit the management of cardiovascular disease.

Finally, a new study shed light on the structural changes that take place in the fetal brain and skull during the second stage of labor. The researchers from France used 3D MRI to show that fetal heads may undergo a great deal more stress than previously believed.

These and similar stories are available in the Advanced Visualization Community at, along with regular updates on the latest news in the field.

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