Preoperative CT evaluation of potential donors in living donor liver transplantation

Indian J Radiol Imaging. 2014 Oct;24(4):350-9. doi: 10.4103/0971-3026.143897.


Living donor liver transplantation is an effective, life sustaining surgical treatment in patients with end-stage liver disease and a successful liver transplant requires a close working relationship between the radiologist and the transplant surgeon. There is extreme variability in hepatic vascular anatomy; therefore, preoperative imaging of potential liver donors is crucial not only in donor selection but also helps the surgeons in planning their surgical approach. In this article, we elaborate important aspects in evaluation of potential liver donors on multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) and the utility of MDCT in presurgical assessment of the hepatic parenchyma, relevant hepatic vascular anatomy and segmental liver volumes.

Keywords: CT angiography; fatty liver; hepatic vascular anatomy; liver volumetry; living donor liver transplantation.