PURPOSE: To determine the sensitivity and false-positive rate of helical computed tomography during arterial portography (CTAP) in the detection of hepatic metastases from colorectal cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Preoperative helical CTAP was performed to examine 23 patients (10 men and 13 women, aged 43-77 years [mean, 63 years]) who later underwent surgical tumor resection. Imaging findings were retrospectively reviewed by two radiologists and were correlated with intraoperative and histologic findings. RESULTS: Helical CTAP demonstrated 33 of 35 metastases, with diameters of 4-95 mm, that were identified in resected specimens (sensitivity, 94%). The two metastases not demonstrated were 4 and 5 mm in diameter. Five false-positive lesions were found in four patients, yielding a false-positive rate of 17% by patient analysis and 13% by lesion analysis. CONCLUSION: The sensitivity of helical CTAP in the preoperative detection of hepatic metastases is high, and its false-positive rate compares favorably with that of conventional CTAP, but future comparative studies are needed to determine which is the better modality.
- Computed tomography (CT), helical technology
- Liver neoplasms, diagnosis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging