European Radiology

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 745–752

Multidetector helical CT of the liver for tumor detection and characterization

Authors

  • Andreas F. Kopp
    • Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen, Hoppe-Seyler-Strasse 3, 72076 Tübingen, Germany
  • Martin Heuschmid
    • Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen, Hoppe-Seyler-Strasse 3, 72076 Tübingen, Germany
  • Claus D. Claussen
    • Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen, Hoppe-Seyler-Strasse 3, 72076 Tübingen, Germany
Hepatobiliary-Pancreas

DOI: 10.1007/s00330-001-1177-1

Cite this article as:
Kopp, A.F., Heuschmid, M. & Claussen, C.D. Eur Radiol (2002) 12: 745. doi:10.1007/s00330-001-1177-1

Abstract.

Multidetector-row CT (MDCT) scanners have been recently introduced into clinical practice. Major attributes that are improved are the z-axis coverage speed and the longitudinal resolution. These improvements translate into rapid hepatic imaging and allow new imaging protocols. Thin sections can now be used on a routine basis in single-breathhold technique. This results in improved lesion detection and the nearly isotropic image acquisition provides high-resolution multiplanar reformations. Furthermore, the ability to scan through the entire liver in 10 s or less allows acquisition of two separate sets of CT images of the liver within the time generally regarded as the hepatic arterial dominant phase in monoslice CT; thus, MDCT may demonstrate three clear separate distinct hepatic circulatory phases with a triple-pass technique. Multidetector-row CT with the improvements in morphological and functional information compared with single-slice CT enables a comprehensive approach to hepatic imaging within a single examination.

Multidetector-row CT Liver neoplasms CT technology
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