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A 53-year-old male asked:

Ultrasound revealed liver hemangioma. doc wants an mri but i'm claustrophobic. ct scan with no contrast agent sufficient for proper diagnosis?

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Dr. Joseph Marra
Radiology 30 years experience
If CT..Need contrast: Both MRI and CT can be excellent ways of confirming that a liver tumor or nodule is in fact a Hemangioma as there are very defining characteristics about these lesions by both these methods of imaging. Liver Hemangiomas have a very characteristic enhancement pattern using contrast, where the periphery enhances first and then the center fills over time. With CT contrast is needed to observe this.
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
MRI better.: In this context, MRI is the better test. Perhaps you can have an open MRI (unless MRA is needed). Or wide bore MRI (not as tight as the usual MRI). Or MRI with sedation or even under anesthesia.
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Last updated Nov 28, 2017

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