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Biliary tree necrosis in transplanted liver detected by spiral CT with three-dimensional reconstruction

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      Abstract

      We present a case where spiral computed tomography (CT) with three dimensional reconstruction was able to generate cholangiographic images demonstrating biliary tree necrosis in a transplanted liver. Volumetric CT as a one step diagnostic solution to establish a diagnosis in patients after liver transplantation can expedite appropriate therapy and reduce the number of invasive studies. By the integration of volumetric CT techniques and rapid three-dimensional display of biliary structures, volumetric cholangiography may become practical. Though spatial resolution may prove to be a limiting factor in replacing cholangiography for subtle mural disease, volumetric CT can yield clinically useful information.

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