Liver Lesions Discovered Incidentally on Ultrasound: Evaluation of Reader Ability to Characterize Lesions on MRI without Intravenous Contrast
Academic Radiology, 08/09/2012
Hansen N et al. – Most of the changes in lesion detection and characterization made after contrast administration were clinically insignificant. In the lesions in which clinically important differences were made, both radiologists recommended additional imaging or biopsy that would have eventually led to the correct diagnosis. None of the patients with malignancy was categorized as completely benign either on noncontrast or contrast–enhanced imaging. This supports the utility of initially performing a noncontrast examination in a population with a low pretest probability of malignancy, especially those in whom gadolinium administration is contraindicated.