MR imaging in cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma.

  title={MR imaging in cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma.},
  author={Daniel C Barr and Hero K. Hussain},
  journal={Magnetic resonance imaging clinics of North America},
  volume={22 3},
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fastest growing cause of cancer-related death in the United States. Cirrhosis is the most important risk factor for HCC. Dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is the modality of choice for working up nodules detected at screening, for staging known HCC, and for follow-up. In cirrhotic livers, the combination of tumor arterial phase hyperenhancement plus washout and/or capsular enhancement is highly specific for HCC and can make biopsy… CONTINUE READING