Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Eur Radiol. 2010 Apr;20(4):898-907. doi: 10.1007/s00330-009-1622-0. Epub 2009 Oct 3.

Multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT) for the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma in cirrhotic candidates for liver transplantation: prevalence of radiological vascular patterns and histological correlation with liver explants.

Author information

1
Department of Radiology, Mediterranean Institute for Transplantation and Advanced Specialized Therapies (ISMETT), Palermo, Italy. aluca@ismett.edu

Erratum in

  • Eur Radiol. 2011 Jul;21(7):1574. Grutttadauria, Salvatore [corrected to Gruttadauria, Salvatore].

Abstract

AIM:

To define the prevalence of different multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT) vascular patterns and their histopathological correlation with liver explants, and to evaluate the accuracy of MDCT for the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

METHODS:

We retrospectively reviewed 125 cirrhotic patients imaged by MDCT before liver transplantation. Three main vascular patterns were identified: hypervascular lesion with washout (Hyper-L-Wo), hypervascular lesion without washout (Hyper-L) and non-hypervascular lesion (Hypo-L). Radiological findings were matched with histopathology of explants.

RESULTS:

Positive predictive value (PPV) and likelihood ratio (LR) were 95% and 18.66, respectively, for Hyper-L-Wo; 45% and 0.82 for Hyper-L; and 75% and 3 for Hypo-L of 20 mm or larger. Overall accuracy of MDCT for detection and characterisation of HCC was 89% and 43%, respectively. Sensitivity of MDCT for detection and characterisation was related to the lesion size, ranging from 78% (lesion smaller than 10 mm) to 98% (larger than 20 mm) and from 9% to 64%, respectively. MDCT established the accurate stage of disease in 46% of the patients, underestimated in 52% and overestimated in 2%.

CONCLUSION:

In cirrhotic patients, any Hyper-L-Wo detected by MDCT can be confidently considered to be HCC. Hyper-L larger than 10 mm and Hypo-L of 20 mm or larger are at high risk of HCC. However, even using MDCT and the newest imaging protocols, imaging underestimated the diagnosis of small HCC.

PMID:
19802612
DOI:
10.1007/s00330-009-1622-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Springer
    Loading ...
    Support Center