Liver imaging: it is time to adopt standardized terminology.
Liver imaging plays a vital role in the management of patients at risk for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC); however, progress in the field is challenged by nonuniform and inconsistent terminology in the published literature. The Steering Committee of the American College of Radiology (ACR)'s Liver Imaging Reporting And Data System (LI-RADS), in conjunction with the LI-RADS Lexicon Writing Group and the LI-RADS International Working Group, present this consensus document to establish a single universal liver imaging lexicon. The lexicon is intended for use in research, education, and clinical care of patients at risk for HCC (i.e., the LI-RADS population) and in the general population (i.e., even when LI-RADS algorithms are not applicable). We anticipate that the universal adoption of this lexicon will provide research, educational, and clinical benefits. KEY POINTS: •To standardize terminology, we encourage authors of research and educational materials on liver imaging to use the standardized LI-RADS Lexicon. •We encourage reviewers to promote the use of the standardized LI-RADS Lexicon for publications on liver imaging. •We encourage radiologists to use the standardized LI-RADS Lexicon for liver imaging in clinical care.
Chernyak, V; Tang, A; Do, RKG; Kamaya, A; Kono, Y; Santillan, CS; Fowler, KJ; Bashir, MR; Cunha, GM; Fetzer, DT; Kielar, A; Lee, JT; Mendiratta-Lalla, M; Sirlin, CB; and the LI-RADS Steering Committee and Guarantors of translation integrity listed in the Acknowledgements,
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