Rapid and high-quality 3D fusion of heterogeneous CT and MRI data for the human brain

He, Zexue; Zhu, Li; Li, Minjie; Li, Jinyao; Chen, Yiran; Luo, Yanlin

Sci China Inf Sci, 2019, 62(10): 204101

Data obtained from computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that describe the human brain is commonly used in medical research and diagnosis. CT data are used to efficiently present high-density features, whereas MRI data are better suited for soft-tissue presentation. The complementary functions of CT and MRI may be used to further develop medical care procedures and brain exploration. CT and MRI were combined to realistically depict the diagnostic, anatomic, and pathological information of the auditory and vestibular systems. For brain tumor surgery, medical rofessionals often prefer to simultaneously visualize high-density structures (e.g., the skull structure) using CT and soft-tissue structures (e.g., the size and shape of tumors) using MRI to successfully determine the best craniotomy position.