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What's the difference between a liver hemangioma and liver lesion on my CT scan?

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In brief: Definitions

Lesion is any abnormal mass or tumor in the liver. Does not mean cancer or benign.
Hemangioma is a specific benign lesion.

In brief: Definitions

Lesion is any abnormal mass or tumor in the liver. Does not mean cancer or benign.
Hemangioma is a specific benign lesion.
Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
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Dr. Mazen Ghani
Radiology
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In brief: Liver lesions

A liver lesion is a term used to describe all lesions that can occur in the liver including hemangiomas, cyst, cancer, metastases, adenomas, focal nodular hyperplasia, and several others.
A liver hemangioma is a common and benign liver lesion encountered frequently by radiologists.

In brief: Liver lesions

A liver lesion is a term used to describe all lesions that can occur in the liver including hemangiomas, cyst, cancer, metastases, adenomas, focal nodular hyperplasia, and several others.
A liver hemangioma is a common and benign liver lesion encountered frequently by radiologists.
Dr. Mazen Ghani
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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