Hepatic steatosis is a frequently encountered disease in medical practice and it has a great importance due to the potential evolution towards cirrhosis. The clinical and laboratory evaluation has a quite reduced positive predictive value. On the other hand, a series of imaging techniques may be used for the diagnosis and quantification of steatosis: magnetic resonance imaging, computerized tomography, and not least, ultrasonography. The contribution of each of the afore mentioned methods in the diagnosis of the hepatic steatosis will be discussed.


Hepatic steatosis, computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, tissue characterization