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Radiology. 1992 Jun;183(3):819-25.

Hepatocellular carcinoma: correlation of MR imaging and histopathologic findings.

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Department of Radiology, Kanazawa University School of Medicine, Japan.

Abstract

Seventy-two histologically proved nodular hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs) were studied with magnetic resonance (MR) imaging at 1.5 T. Capsules were present in 56 of the 72 tumors. Thirty-seven capsules were depicted on T1-weighted spin-echo MR images, and 16 were depicted on T2-weighted MR images. Visualization was dependent on thickness and structure of the capsules. Of the 72 tumors, 36 had a mosaic pattern. A mosaic pattern was visualized in 12 of the 36 tumors on T1-weighted images and in 27 of the 36 tumors on T2-weighted images. Six tumors were determined to be histologic grade 1, and all were hyperintense on T1-weighted images, regardless of whether intracellular fat deposits were present. Four of the six grade 1 tumors were isointense on T2-weighted images. In contrast, grades 2 and 3 tumors had various signal intensities on T1-weighted images and most were hyperintense on T2-weighted images. Twenty-one of 32 tumors (66%) with focal areas of increased signal intensity on T2-weighted images had intratumoral dilated sinusoids at histologic examination.

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