Which imaging modalities are the most sensitive for the diagnosis of hepatic hemangiomas?

Updated: Jun 17, 2019
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The diagnostic capabilities of ultrasonography, Doppler color ultrasonography, dynamic CT scanning, and MRI were compared in a retrospective study of 27 patients with 35 hemangiomas. [38]

Sensitivities reported in the study were as follows [38] :

  • Ultrasonography – 46% sensitivity

  • Combined B-mode and color Doppler ultrasonography – 69% sensitivity

  • Contrast-enhanced CT scanning - 66% sensitivity

  • T2-weighted MRI - 96% sensitivity

  • Gadolinium-enhanced MRI combined with dynamic CT scanning - 100% sensitivity


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