Curved-slab maximum intensity projection: Method and evaluation

Raghav Raman, Sandy Napel, Geoffrey D. Rubin

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The authors developed and evaluated a method to produce curved-slab maximum intensity projections (MIPs) through blood vessels that semiautomatically excludes soft tissue and bone. Results obtained with the algorithm were compared with those obtained with rectangular-slab MIPs by using computed tomographic (CT) data from four patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms. Curved-slab MIPs exhibited increased mean vessel-to-perivascular tissue contrast of 55.1 HU (36%), allowed a 10% increase in contrast-to-noise ratio, and decreased apparent vessel narrowing by 0.12-1.09 mm, without increasing processing time. Curved-slab MIPs may also include multiple vessels in a single image, thereby improving interpretation efficiency by reducing the number of MIPs required in these patients from eight to three.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-260
Number of pages6
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 1 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Angiography
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Maximum intensity projection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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