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Clinical Value of Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound in Diagnosis of Hyperechoic Liver Lesions

Junjie Liu, Dan Wang, Hongxue Li, Hang Li, Ting Zhou, Shengfa Zhao, Zhanling Ding

Department of Diagnostic Ultrasound, Cancer Hospital of Guangxi Medical University, Nanning, Guangxi, China (mainland)

Med Sci Monit 2015; 21:2845-2850

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.894115

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Published: 2015-09-22

BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to investigate the values of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) in the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of hyperechoic liver lesions.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: The CEUS findings of 102 patients with hyperechoic liver lesions identified by 2-dimensional ultrasound in the Affiliated Tumor Hospital of Guangxi Medical University were reviewed and analyzed.
RESULTS: A total of 135 lesions were analyzed, of which malignant lesions were found in 72 patients and benign lesions in 63, with a CEUS accuracy rate of 91.11%, which was significantly higher than that of conventional ultrasound (74.81%; P<0.05).
CONCLUSIONS: CEUS can improve the accuracy rate of ultrasonography in the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of hyperechoic liver lesions.

Keywords: Adult, Aged, 80 and over, Carcinoma, Hepatocellular - ultrasonography, Contrast Media - chemistry, Diagnosis, Differential, Hemangioma - pathology, Inflammation, Liver - ultrasonography, Liver Cirrhosis - pathology, Liver Diseases - ultrasonography, Liver Neoplasms - ultrasonography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Neoplasm Metastasis, Reproducibility of Results, Software, Ultrasonography, Doppler, young adult