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AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1996 Aug;167(2):477-81.

Hepatocellular carcinoma: iodized-oil CT TNM classification.

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Department of Radiology, Ciutat Sanitària i Universitària de Bellvitge, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We conducted a prospective study to determine the efficacy of iodized-oil enhancement in CT for preoperative assessment of the T factor of the TNM classification in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

SUBJECTS AND METHODS:

Iodized-oil CT was performed as a part of preoperative staging in 28 patients with HCC. We determined the radiologic T factor. Pathologic correlation was obtained after orthotopic liver transplantation (n = 25) or autopsy (n = 3), and the histologic T factor was determined.

RESULTS:

The sensitivity of iodized-oil CT accurately distinguishing between stage-T4 tumors and tumors in stages T1-T3 was 88% (7/8) with a positive predictive value of 100% (7/7).

CONCLUSION:

Iodized-oil CT is useful for preoperatively assessing the T factor of the TNM classification in HCC, and it improves the accuracy of radiologic staging. Iodized-oil CT can help to better patients with HCC for orthotopic liver transplantation.

PMID:
8686630
DOI:
10.2214/ajr.167.2.8686630
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