Artificial intelligence in liver cancer research: a scientometrics analysis of trends and topics

Mohammad Saeid Rezaee-Zavareh, Naomy Kim, Yee Hui Yeo, Hyunseok Kim, Jeong Min Lee, Claude B. Sirlin, Bachir Taouli, Rola Saouaf, Ashley M. Wachsman, Mazen Noureddin, Zhiping Wang, Jason Moore, Debiao Li, Amit G. Singal, Ju Dong Yang

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review


Background and aims: With the rapid growth of artificial intelligence (AI) applications in various fields, understanding its impact on liver cancer research is paramount. This scientometrics project aims to investigate publication trends and topics in AI-related publications in liver cancer. Materials and Methods: We employed a search strategy to identify AI-related publications in liver cancer using Scopus database. We analyzed the number of publications, author affiliations, and journals that publish AI-related publications in liver cancer. Finally, the publications were grouped based on intended application. Results: We identified 3950 eligible publications (2695 articles, 366 reviews, and 889 other document types) from 1968 to August 3, 2023. There was a 12.7-fold increase in AI-related publications from 2013 to 2022. By comparison, the number of total publications on liver cancer increased by 1.7-fold. Our analysis revealed a significant shift in trends of AI-related publications on liver cancer in 2019. We also found a statistically significant consistent increase in numbers of AI-related publications over time (tau = 0.756, p < 0.0001). Eight (53%) of the top 15 journals with the most publications were radiology journals. The largest number of publications were from China (n=1156), the US (n=719), and Germany (n=236). The three most common publication categories were “medical image analysis for diagnosis” (37%), “diagnostic or prognostic biomarkers modeling & bioinformatics” (19%), and “genomic or molecular analysis” (18%). Conclusion: Our study reveals increasing interest in AI for liver cancer research, evidenced by a 12.7-fold growth in related publications over the past decade. A common application of AI is in medical imaging analysis for various purposes. China, the US, and Germany are leading contributors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1355454
JournalFrontiers in Oncology
StatePublished - 2024


  • artificial intelligence
  • liver cancer
  • machine learning
  • publication trend analysis
  • scientometrics


Dive into the research topics of 'Artificial intelligence in liver cancer research: a scientometrics analysis of trends and topics'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this