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September 9, 1974

Diagnosis of Focal Hepatic Lesions: Combined Radioisotope and Ultrasound Techniques

Author Affiliations

From Nuclear Medicine and Research Services, Veterans Administration Wadsworth Hospital Center, Los Angeles (Drs. Winston, Pritchard, Berger, and Blahd), and the Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles (Drs. Winston and Blahd).

JAMA. 1974;229(11):1463-1465. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230490051024

The detection of space-occupying lesions by routine radiocolloid liver scans is well established. However, a wide variety of pathological processes produce the same scan changes. Gallium 67 concentrates in tissues affected with many neoplastic and inflammatory diseases. Ultrasound B scanning accurately differentiates cystic lesions from those composed of solid tissue. These modalities are complementary and, in combination, can increase the diagnostic specificity of focal hepatic lesions.

(JAMA 229:1463-1465, 1974)