|Titolo:||Multidetector-row computed tomograpy of focal liver lesions treated by radiofrequency ablation: Spectrum of findings at long-term follow-up|
|Autori interni:||DI FABIO, FRANCESCA|
STORTO, MARIA LUIGIA
|Data di pubblicazione:||2007|
|Rivista:||JOURNAL OF COMPUTER ASSISTED TOMOGRAPHY|
|Abstract:||OBJECTIVE: To assess serial changes in liver tumors after percutaneous radiofrequency ablation at follow-up multidetector-row computed tomography. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty patients with 65 malignant lesions underwent multidetector-row computed tomography immediately, 1 month and every 3 months, up to a maximum of 15 months after radiofrequency ablation. The computed tomography (CT) appearance of the treated lesions (non-enhanced attenuation, enhancement pattern, shape and size) was assessed at each follow-up. The relationship between each CT finding and the treatment outcome was evaluated by χ test (P < 0.05). RESULTS: No significant differences were found in lesion shape and in non-enhanced CT attenuation between successfully and unsuccessfully treated lesions, whereas over time change of lesion size was significantly different. The no enhancement and nodular enhancement pattern prevalence was significantly (P < 0.0001) different between successfully and unsuccessfully treated lesions, whereas non-nodular enhancement pattern did not show any relationship with the treatment outcome. CONCLUSIONS: Lesion size increase and nodular enhancement pattern resulted significantly related to the treatment failure.|
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