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J Ultrasound Med. 2014 Feb;33(2):205-14. doi: 10.7863/ultra.33.2.205.

Diagnostic performance of contrast-enhanced sonography and acoustic radiation force impulse imaging in solid liver lesions.

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Department of Ultrasound, Third Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, 410013 Changsha, Hunan, China. zhouping1000@hotmail.com.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic performance of contrast-enhanced sonography and acoustic radiation force impulse imaging (ARFI) in differential diagnosis of benign and malignant liver lesions.

METHODS:

A total of 156 patients with liver lesions were included in the study. The images from conventional sonography and contrast-enhanced sonography and the shear wave velocity values of the liver lesions were obtained. The diagnostic performance of conventional sonography, contrast-enhanced sonography, and ARFI was assessed by using pathologic examination (needle biopsy or surgery) or clinical imaging inspection as the reference standard.

RESULTS:

The sensitivity and specificity of conventional sonography for malignant liver lesions were 57.1% and 43.1%, respectively, and the sensitivity and specificity of ARFI were 81.3% and 74.1%. When using contrast-enhanced sonography for the diagnosis of malignant liver lesions, the sensitivity and specificity were 92.9% and 89.7%. The sensitivity and specificity of contrast-enhanced sonography were significantly higher than those of ARFI and conventional sonography (P < .05).

CONCLUSIONS:

The differential diagnostic performance of contrast-enhanced sonography is most predictive of malignant liver lesions. Contrast-enhanced sonography and ARFI have complementary effects in the differential diagnosis of benign and malignant liver lesions.

KEYWORDS:

acoustic radiation force impulse imaging; contrast-enhanced sonography; elastography; gastrointestinal ultrasound; liver neoplasms; sonography

PMID:
24449722
DOI:
10.7863/ultra.33.2.205
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