Liver tumor

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Author: Mikael Häggström [notes 1]


Choice of modality

Initial tumor detection:

  • CT of liver tumors, often as part of a general abdominal CT, is generally the investigation of choice to look for metastases of recently diagnosed cancers in the abdomen.[1]
  • MRI of liver tumors is reserved for those patients unable to receive intravenous contrast or with a fatty liver.[2]
  • Ultrasonography of liver tumors is indicated in patients with chronic liver disease that increases the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma.[2]


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  1. Lincke, Therese; Zech, Christoph J. (2017). "Liver metastases: Detection and staging ". European Journal of Radiology 97: 76–82. doi:10.1016/j.ejrad.2017.10.016. ISSN 0720048X. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Oliva, Maria Raquel (2004). "Liver cancer imaging: role of CT, MRI, US and PET ". Cancer Imaging 4 (Special Issue A): S42–S46. doi:10.1102/1470-7330.2004.0011. ISSN 1470-7330.