Describe the tests and exams that led to a diagnosis of hepatic hemangioma.
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How is the diagnosis of a hepatic hemangioma made?
When a hemangioma is suspected, the challenge for
the physician is to be sure that it is in fact a hemangioma and not
another type of tumor, particularly a malignant one. With specialized
however, doctors can reassure patients that the tumor is with little
doubt a hemangioma. Such special testing may include scintigraphy
(using a tiny amount of a
radioactive substance to identify the hemangioma), CT scanning, or
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). In general, a biopsy of
suspected hemangiomas is avoided because of their benign nature and
risk of bleeding from the biopsy.