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Radiology. 1996 Oct;201(1):149-54.

Portal vein evaluation with US: comparison to angiography combined with CT arterial portography.

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  • 1Department of Radiology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 10021, USA.



To compare ultrasound (US) to angiography combined with computed tomography during arterial portography (CTAP) in the preoperative evaluation of the portal vein.


Sixty-three consecutive patients being considered for hepatic resection underwent color and spectral Doppler US and angiography with CTAP before surgery. The main, right, and left portal veins were evaluated separately. A total of 187 veins were assessed for encasement, occlusion, or thrombosis.


At surgery, 41 portal veins were abnormal. US allowed detection of 38 of 41 (93%) involved portal veins with 93% sensitivity, 99% specificity, 97% positive predictive value, and 98% negative predictive value. Angiography with CTAP allowed diagnosis of 37 of 41 (90%) involved portal veins with 90% sensitivity, 99% specificity, 95% positive predictive value, and 97% negative predictive value.


US is comparable to angiography combined with CTAP in evaluation of the portal vein.

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