What is the role of angiography in the workup of carcinoma of the gallbladder?

Updated: Apr 12, 2018
  • Author: Gregory M Szarnecki, MD; Chief Editor: John Karani, MBBS, FRCR  more...
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Angiography may demonstrate the neovascularity that arises from the cystic arteries, as well as arterial and venous encasement in the area of the GB, although this modality is not used as a diagnostic tool.

(See the images of gallbladder carcinoma below.)

Sagittal sonogram in a 71-year-old woman. This ima Sagittal sonogram in a 71-year-old woman. This image demonstrates heterogeneous thickening of the gallbladder wall (arrows). The diagnosis was primary papillary adenocarcinoma of the gallbladder.
Computed tomography scan in a 65-year-old man. Thi Computed tomography scan in a 65-year-old man. This image depicts squamous cell carcinoma of the gallbladder and invasion of the liver.

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