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Author: Rodrigo Horstmann Castilhos [notes 1]

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Requires a phased array torso coil.

Basic screening

  • Morphology: verify size, borders and contours.
  • Liver parenchyma: Scan for steatosis, iron deposition
  • Focal lesions: Scan for nodules
  • Biliary ducts:
  • Hepatic veins
  • Portal vein

Search for extrahepatic findings

  • Lymph nodes in hepatic hilum.
  • Signs of portal hypertension: ascites, splenomegaly; portosystemic collateral vessels


LI-RADS (Liver Imaging and Reporting Data System) system should be used only if patient has a high risk for hepatocellular carcinoma (cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis B or current/prior HCC).

Lesions and diseases


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