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A 32-year-old member asked:

How can an radiologist tell the difference between a liver hemangioma and possible liver cancer?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Surgical Oncology 20 years experience
MRI or CT scan: This is usually a pretty straight-forward distinction based on a ct or MRI scan. The important point is that the scan has to be ordered as a "hemangioma protocol" with IV contrast. Hemangiomas usually take up and release IV contrast in a predictable fashion in comparison with liver cancer. Rarely, if there is still a question, the mass can be biopsied without a serious risk for bleeding.
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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 41 years experience
Varies: Usually the radiologist will use a combination of tests to tell. Sometimes an ultrasound with doppler, sometimes a ct scan, and sometimes an additional MRI scan may be indicated. There are specific findings on a radiology test that would help the radiologist tell the difference. Hemagiomas of the liver can be fairly common.
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Dr. Garry Choy
Radiology 18 years experience
MRI or CT: Usually a radiologist can distinguish the two types of lesions via an MRI scan (and also a ct scan).
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How does a radiologist determine liver cancer to hemangioma?

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Dr. Uma Swamy
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MRI: Mri with contrast of the liver can be useful in helping to distinguish between the two.
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