Sonographic (US) and computed tomographic (CT) images obtained in 47 patients with renal cancer have been reviewed; attention was paid to detection of neoplastic spread to structures surrounding the tumor, presence of lymph node metastases and of thrombosis of renal vessels and to identification of distant metastases. The results of the revision process were then compared with surgical or autoptic findings. In a relatively high number of patients, a complete examination of the upper abdomen could not be performed by US, due to patient habitus or bowel gas; on the contrary, a diagnostic study could be obtained by CT in virtually all cases. Furthermore, differentiation of stage I and stage II lesions could never be obtained by US; only CT gave this possibility. As regards the sensitivity of the two methods, in patients with stage III or stage IV disease, US showed relatively lower sensitivity in the diagnosis of lymph node metastases, but it was significantly less sensitive in the study of distant metastases. On the contrary, the specificity of the two imaging methods was similar, and US gave better results in the evaluation of renal vein or inferior vena cava thrombosis.
|Translated title of the contribution||Value of ultrasonics and computerized axial tomography in the staging of renal neoplasms|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1983|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging