Visualization of liver lesions in standardized video-documented ultrasonography - inter-observer agreement and effect of contrast injection
2015 (English)In: Medical ultrasonography, ISSN 1844-4172, E-ISSN 2066-8643, Vol. 17, no 4, 437-443 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
The aim of this study was to evaluate the inter-observer agreement and effect of contrast injection on the visibility of liver lesions by radiologists reviewing ultrasound examinations acquired by a radiographer using a standardized examination protocol. Material and method: A retrospective review was conducted by two radiologists, independently of each other, of 115 ultrasound examinations of the liver with standardized examination protocols between January 2008 and December 2012. All patients included in the study had undergone surgery for colorectal cancer. Patients attending the two-year follow-up were included. Results: Focal findings, the most common of which were cysts, were seen in 42-43 out of the 115 patients before intravenous contrast and in 46-47 patients after intravenous contrast (p=0.012). The inter-observer agreement for focal findings was 86.1% before contrast, and 90.4% after contrast (n.s.), and the corresponding kappa values were 0.72 and 0.84, respectively. Conclusion: A good inter-observer agreement between two radiologists reviewing ultrasound examinations (standardized ultrasound cine-loop method acquired by a radiographer) after surgery for colorectal cancer was obtained. Injection of contrast medium increased the visibility of liver lesions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cluj-Napoca, Romania: Societatea Romana de Ultrasonografie in Medicina si Biologie , 2015. Vol. 17, no 4, 437-443 p.
liver; contrast-enhanced ultrasound; inter-observer agreement; standardized examination
Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-123790DOI: 10.11152/mu.2013.2066.174.visISI: 000365549400004PubMedID: 26649336OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-123790DiVA: diva2:892940