Incidental Liver Findings on Cross-sectional Imaging

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Radiol Clin North Am. 2021 Jul;59(4):569-590. doi: 10.1016/j.rcl.2021.03.007.


Hepatic incidental findings often are seen on cross-sectional imaging examinations of the chest, spine, pelvis, or other nondedicated hepatic imaging. Radiologists are tasked with appropriately triaging, which requires further evaluation, even in the setting of an otherwise limited evaluation. This article reviews common benign entities encountered on ultrasound, computed tomography, or magnetic resonance imaging, along with their characteristic imaging features. Imaging features that are suspicious for malignancy or suggest the need for further evaluation also are discussed. Two algorithms are proposed to guide radiologists in their recommendations based on patient risk factors, focal hepatic abnormality size, and available imaging features.

PMID:34053606 | DOI:10.1016/j.rcl.2021.03.007

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