Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Computed Tomography Provide Higher Sensitivity for Liver Cancer Diagnosis: AHRQ Review
The use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) to diagnose liver cancer is associated with higher sensitivity than ultrasonography without contrast, according to an AHRQ-funded literature review of different imaging techniques. Sensitivity refers to the ability of the test to correctly identify individuals with the disease. Worldwide, liver cancer is the fifth most common type of cancer and the third most common cause of death from cancer. The systematic review and meta-analysis, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, included data from 1998 through 2014. It found that sensitivity was higher for MRI than for CT. For evaluation of focal liver lesions, sensitivities for the three imaging modalities were similar. The review, “Imaging Techniques for the Diagnosis of Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis,” and abstract were published May 19
Ann Intern Med. 2015 May 19;162(10):697-711. doi: 10.7326/M14-2509.
Imaging Techniques for the Diagnosis of Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.
- Ann Intern Med. 2015 Jun 16;162(12):880.
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