We evaluated the usefulness of contrast-enhanced, wide-band harmonic gray scale imaging for the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma and compared it with helical computed tomography. Forty-eight patients with 61 hepatocellular carcinoma lesions were scanned by contrast-enhanced, wide-band harmonic gray scale imaging after an intravenous bolus injection of the contrast agent Levovist. Fifty-seven of the 61 hepatocellular carcinoma lesions showed hypervascular enhancement, and intratumoral vessels could be observed in 40 of the 57 lesions. Helical computed tomography revealed a high-attenuation area in 54 of the 61 lesions, whereas the other lesions showed an equivocal-attenuation area. Contrast-enhanced, wide-band harmonic gray scale imaging is a useful method for diagnosing the vascularity of hepatocellular carcinoma.
- Contrast-enhanced, wide-band harmonic gray scale imaging
- Helical computed tomography
- Hepatocellular carcinoma
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging