All international guidelines recommend 6-monthly ultrasound surveillance for patients at risk for liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma or HCC), such as patients with cirrhosis. The aim of surveillance is to detect HCC at an early stage when it is still potentially curable. Currently only 4 out of 10 HCCs are detected at the early stage.
Ultrasound surveillance for HCC has a wide ranging sensitivity, dependent on many factors such as operator experience, patient body habitus and liver parenchymal heterogeneity due to chronic liver disease and cirrhosis. In a select group of patients, surveillance ultrasound can be suboptimal or near non-diagnostic.
Currently no guideline offers an alternative surveillance tool for patients who have suboptimal surveillance ultrasounds.
The investigators plan to conduct a prospective study to examine the diagnostic performance of abbreviated non-contrast MRI (aNC-MRI) versus ultrasound, in a select group of cirrhotic patients with poor ultrasound visualisation.
|Treatment||Abbreviated non-contrast MRI of the liver, Ultrasound surveillance, Multiphase contrast-enhanced liver MRI|
|Clinical Study Identifier||NCT04455932|
|Sponsor||Concord Repatriation General Hospital|
|Last Modified on||22 July 2020|
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