The surgical and the radiological advances in liver tumors in last two decades have made some malignant tumors operable which were considered inoperable and have completely changed the expectations from radiology. However, accurate staging, that is performed by imaging modalities, has critical importance in the selection of patients who can benefit from resection. Radiologists and referring physicians, therefore, should be aware of the current concepts in imaging liver tumors. This report updates both the changing role of radiology in hepatic neoplasms and the appropriate use of radiological modalities in liver tumors. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.