Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound in the Diagnosis of Malignant Mesenchymal Liver Tumors

ArticleinJournal of Clinical Ultrasound 38(5):227-31 · June 2010with7 Reads
Impact Factor: 0.69 · DOI: 10.1002/jcu.20690 · Source: PubMed


    Contrast-enhanced ultrasound can differentiate malignant from benign hepatic tumors, but has not been studied in malignant mesenchymal liver tumors.
    We describe the findings of contrast-enhanced ultrasound in a cohort of five patients with histological-proven malignant hepatic mesenchymal tumors.
    The presence of imaging features such as peripheral (nodular) enhancement, chaotic central vascularization, and absence of contrast enhancement in the late phase allowed differentiation from hemangiomas.
    If these findings are demonstrated in large hepatic tumors, then the diagnosis of hemangioma is unlikely and further workup is necessary.