Radiation-Induced Liver Injury Mimicking Metastatic Disease in a Patient With Esophageal Cancer: Correlation of Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography With Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Literature Review

Tiffany M. Rabe, Takeshi Yokoo, Jeffrey Meyer, Kemp H. Kernstine, David Wang, Gaurav Khatri

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ABSTRACT: Post–radiation therapy evaluation of distal esophageal cancers with positron emission tomography/computed tomography can be problematic. Differentiation of recurrent neoplasm from postradiation changes is difficult in areas of fluorodeoxyglucose avidity in adjacent, incidentally irradiated organs. Few studies have described the magnetic resonance imaging appearance of radiation-induced hepatic injury. We report a case of focal radiation-induced liver injury with a new focus of fluorodeoxyglucose uptake on posttreatment positron emission tomography as well as masslike enhancement and signal abnormality on magnetic resonance imaging, thus mimicking new liver metastasis. Correlation with radiation planning images suggested the correct diagnosis, which was confirmed on follow-up imaging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Mar 29 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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