Novel Imaging Diagnosis for Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Consensus from the 5th Asia-Pacific Primary Liver Cancer Expert Meeting (APPLE 2014)

Bang-Bin Chen, Takamichi Murakami, Tiffany Ting-Fang Shih, Michiie Sakamoto, Osamu Matsui, Byung-Ihn Choi, Myeong-Jin Kim, Jeong Min Lee, Ren-Jie Yang, Meng-Su Zeng, Ran-Chou Chen, Ja-Der Liang
Liver Cancer 2015, 4 (4): 215-27
Current novel imaging techniques in the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), with the latest evidence in this field, was discussed at the Asia-Pacific Primary Liver Cancer Expert (APPLE) meeting held in Taipei, Taiwan, in July 2014. Based on their expertise in a specific area of research, the novel imaging group comprised 12 participants from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and China and it included 10 abdominal radiologists, one hepatologist, and one pathologist. The expert participants discussed topics related to HCC imaging that were divided into four categories: (i) detection method, (ii) diagnostic method, (iii) evaluation method, and (iv) functional method. Consensus was reached on 10 statements; specific comments on each statement were provided to explain the rationale for the voting results and to suggest future research directions.

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