User and system pitfalls in liver imaging with LI-RADS

J Magn Reson Imaging. 2019 Dec;50(6):1673-1686. doi: 10.1002/jmri.26839. Epub 2019 Jun 18.


The Liver Imaging Reporting and Data System (LI-RADS) is a comprehensive system for standardizing the terminology, technique, interpretation, reporting, and data collection of liver imaging, created specifically for patients at risk for hepatocellular carcinoma. Over the past years, LI-RADS has been progressively implemented into clinical practice, but pitfalls remain related to user error and inherent limitations of the system. User pitfalls include the inappropriate application of LI-RADS to a low-risk patient population, incorrect measurement techniques, inaccurate assumptions about LI-RADS requirements, and improper usage of LI-RADS terminology and categories. System pitfalls include areas of discordance with the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) as well as pitfalls related to rare ancillary features. This article reviews common user pitfalls in applying LI-RADS v2018 and how to avoid preventable errors and also highlights deficiencies of the current version of LI-RADS and how it might be improved in the future. Level of Evidence:3 Technical Efficacy: Stage 2 J. Magn. Reson. Imaging 2019. J. Magn. Reson. Imaging 2019;50:1673-1686.

Keywords: CT; LI-RADS; MRI; hepatocellular carcinoma; liver; pitfalls.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma, Hepatocellular / diagnostic imaging*
  • Diagnostic Errors / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Liver / diagnostic imaging
  • Liver Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Radiology Information Systems*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*