Hepatic metastases - MRI and PET scanning

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


PH colorectal cancer. Known liver metastasis - assessment for hepatic resection

Patient Data

Age: 70
Gender: Male
Nuclear medicine

FDG PET/CT of the upper abdomen showing intense isotope activity in the dome of the right hepatic lobe consistent with a metastasis

MRI especially with delayed post contrast imaging using an hepatocyte agent (Primovist) is more sensitive than PET for hepatic metastases especially smaller masses, and should be performed (as well as PET for extra-hepatic disease)  prior to any planned resection so as to provide the surgeon with the best road map

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Case information

rID: 16790
Published: 20th Feb 2012
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
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