Evaluation of the Liver for Metastatic Disease

Erik K. Paulson, MD1, 1Department of Radiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina.

Semin Liver Dis. 2001;21(2) 

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Image Findings in Metastatic Disease

The imaging appearance of metastatic disease is nonspecific and varies among primary tumors. Metastases may be solid, cystic, calcified, homogeneous, heterogeneous, hypovascular, hypervascular, diffuse, poorly marginated, and miliary. It is rarely possible to determine the site of a primary tumor based on the appearance of its metastases. Virtually any imaging appearance may appear with any tumor. Biopsy is often required to confirm the suspicion of metastatic disease.