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CT and MR Imaging Evaluation of Hepatic Adenoma

Brancatelli, Giuseppe MD*†‡; Federle, Michael P. MD; Vullierme, Marie-Pierre MD§; Lagalla, Roberto MD; Midiri, Massimo MD; Vilgrain, Valérie MD§

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: September-October 2006 - Volume 30 - Issue 5 - p 745-750
doi: 10.1097/
Abdominal Imaging: Pictorial Essay

Abstract: Hepatic adenoma is a rare benign epithelial tumor that is usually encountered in young women who use oral contraceptives. It is clinically significant because of the risk of hemorrhage and of its low-grade malignancy potential. Adenomas usually are mildly hypervascular at contrast-enhanced CT and MR imaging, and heterogeneous due to the presence of hemorrhage, necrosis, calcifications and fat. The objective of our study was to illustrate the CT and MR imaging findings of hepatic adenoma.

From the *Sezione di Radiologia, Ospedale Specializzato in Gastroenterologia, "Saverio de Bellis"-IRCCS, Castellana Grotte (Bari), Italy; †Istituto di Radiologia, Università di Palermo, Palermo, Italy; ‡Department of Radiology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and §Service de Radiologie, Hopital Beaujon, Clichy, France.

Received for publication January 30, 2006; accepted March 27, 2006.

Reprints: Giuseppe Brancatelli, MD, Via Villaermosa 29, 90139 Palermo, Italy, (e-mail:

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.