Contribution of Diagnostic Imaging to Pathological Characterization of Focal Liver Lesions
At the present time, fine-needle biopsy (FNB) is used routinely in the diagnostic management of focal liver lesions (Bret et al. 1986; Smith 1991). This technique has indeed proved to have a high diagnostic accuracy in the detection of malignancy (Buscarini et al. 1990). Sometimes, however, the definite pathological type of the lesion is hard to determine due to the extremely thin bioptic specimens obtained by means of fine needles. The purpose of this study was to establish whether diagnostic imaging can effectively aid the pathologist in characterizing liver tumors through FNB.
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