OBJECTIVE. We sought to investigate the concordance between second-order portal venous and biliary tract anatomies using MDCT angiography and MDCT cholangiography. MATERIALS AND METHODS. We retrospectively identified 56 living related potential liver donors who underwent both MDCT angiography and MDCT cholangiography. Two reviewers independently rated axial images and 3D reconstructions of MDCT angiograms and cholangiograms as diagnostic or nondiagnostic with respect to depiction of second-order portal venous and biliary tract anatomies. In images rated as diagnostic, second-order portal venous and biliary tract anatomies were categorized as conventional or variant. The concordance between portal venous and biliary tract anatomies was analyzed using McNemar exact chi-square test. RESULTS. All examinations were diagnostic. Second-order portal venous variants were seen in 10 (18%) and biliary branch variants were seen in 23 (41%) of the 56 patients. Patients with variant portal venous anatomy (6/10, 60%) were more likely to have variant biliary tract anatomy than patients with conventional portal venous anatomy (17/46, 37%; p < 0.01). The sensitivity of variant portal venous anatomy as a marker for variant biliary anatomy was 26% (6/23 patients). CONCLUSION. Concordance between second-order portal venous and biliary tract anatomies is statistically significant. However, in our series, a number of patients with conventional portal venous anatomy had variant biliary anatomy; therefore, the finding of conventional portal venous anatomy does not obviate preoperative biliary tract imaging in patients before liver donation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging