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Forum Name: Liver Diseases

Question: What does duffusly low attenuation in a liver mean?

 momx3 - Fri Sep 05, 2008 1:10 pm

A CT Scan recently stated that there was "diffusly low attenuation" in the liver. Please tell me what this means. Thank you
 John Kenyon, CNA - Sat Dec 13, 2008 11:11 pm

User avatar Hello -

"Diffusely low attenuation" in a CT studies of a liver would mean that there were widespread, scattered areas where the imagery was less clear than others. It has no intrinsic meaning except that it was not an ideal picture in the eyes of the reading radiologist. The phenomenon can be caused by any number of disease processes, injury, poor equipment operation or maintainance, and any other number of outside influences on the scan. If your doctor doesn't find anything to which to link this then it probably has no essential meaning, but simply describes the quality of the CT image. You may need to have it repeated.

I hope this helps answer your question.

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