Liver Scanning in Patients With Suspected Abdominal Tumor

Henry J. Fee, Edward K. Prokop, John L. Cameron, Henry N. Wagner

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Despite technical advances, the number of patients with hepatic metastases not visualized by liver scanning remains high; more important, there is a significant incidence of false-positive reports. Preoperative scans of 70 patients with a high probability of abdominal tumor were compared with the incidence of hepatic metastases found at laparotomy. The overall accuracy of the liver scan was 84%; there were 13% false-positive and 23% false-negative results. Thus, the chance for error is too high to determine the existence of hepatic metastases on the results of liver scanning alone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1675-1677
Number of pages3
JournalJAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 23 1974

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