What is the role of CT scanning in the diagnosis of Budd-Chiari syndrome?

Updated: Oct 10, 2018
  • Author: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Detailed imaging studies are required to determine the precise level and degree of obstruction. CT scanning can rarely provide such detail, unless a mechanical obstruction, such as a locally invading tumor, is suspected. [23]

Use of spectral CT scanning to determine normalized iodine concentration appears to be effective in assessing liver function in patients with Budd-Chiari syndrome, as well as in providing posttreatment imaging results for reevaluation, prognosis, and follow-up. [53]


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