A review of the appropriateness of the current italian guidelines for noninvasive imaging assessment of focal liver lesions

Giovanna Ferraioli, Carolina Dellafiore, Maria Franca Meloni, Fabrizio Calliada, Carlo Filice

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In 2007 the Italian National Institute of Health issued Guidelines for the use of diagnostic imaging techniques in the detection and the characterization of focal liver lesions. Since the publication of these guidelines in 2008, several studies relating to this topic have been published. Thus, we felt the need to assess whether interval research and new advancements in diagnostic imaging have yielded new evidence that should modify the recommendations that were previously issued. The literature search confirmed the appropriateness of the current guidelines. Although most modalities did not show substantial changes, interval introduction of DW-MRI is a valuable technique with a high diagnostic accuracy in the detection and characterization of FLLs, and its sensitivity is higher when combined with MRI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-497
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2015



  • Ablation therapy
  • Computed tomography
  • Contrast-enhanced ultrasound
  • Diagnostic imaging techniques
  • Focal liver lesions
  • Guidelines
  • Liver
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Positron emission tomography
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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