The segmental anatomy of the human liver has become a field of increasing interest to radiologists during the past few years. The number of different terminologies which have been used since the topic has been systematically investigated is, however, a source of serious confusion. The present paper describes the reasons why the authors plead for an international working nomenclature which distinguishes a right hemiliver consisting of a right posterior and a right anterior segment, formed by subsegments 6 and 7, and 5 and 8, respectively, and a left hemiliver consisting of a left medial and a left lateral segment, the former corresponding to segment 4, and the latter to subsegments 2 and 3. This basic concept, however, must be carefully tailored to the highly variable individual anatomy of each patient. Furthermore, some aspects of hepatic segmentation are not yet understood and require additional anatomical investigation.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1996|
- Segmental anatomy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging