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In cases of liver mass such as hepatoma or cholangiocarcinoma which are common in South-East Asian countries, many cases develop abdominal symptoms at the stage which is late for surgical intervention.1, 2 Today, using the technology of computed tomography (CT) study, and 3D reconstruction of liver volume using 3D software enables us to study the boundary of tumor mass as well as visualize the major vessels. The total volume of the liver and the total volume of tumor mass can thus be calculated pre-operatively. This kind of investigation enables better surgical planning and may be a good predictor of the possibility of post operative liver failure.3
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