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Three-dimensional perfusion imaging of hepatocellular carcinoma using 256-slice multidetector-row computed tomography

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical capability of three-dimensional (3D) perfusion imaging of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) by performing dynamic scanning using a 256-slice multidetector-row CT (MDCT) scanner.

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Two patients with HCC were examined in this study. They were scheduled to undergo transcatheter arterial infusion therapy using an arterial infusion reservoir system. The CT system used was a newly developed prototype scanner of 256-slice MDCT. Dynamic CT scanning was performed with intraarterial injection via the reservoir route, and perfusion analysis was done based on the 3D data.


The blood flow volume per unit volume in the tumors was significantly increased compared with that in normal hepatic parenchyma. Using a 3D workstation, 3D perfusion images could be displayed by fusing CT images with perfusion images about blood flow volume.


Three-dimensional perfusion images, which enable 3D evaluation of perfusion in HCCs, can be generated using 256-slice MDCT.

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Kobayashi, T., Hayashi, T., Funabasama, S. et al. Three-dimensional perfusion imaging of hepatocellular carcinoma using 256-slice multidetector-row computed tomography. Radiat Med 26, 557–561 (2008).

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