Multiparametric MR for Solid Renal Mass Characterization

Matthew T. Heller, Alessandro Furlan, Akira Kawashima

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Multiparametric MR provides a noninvasive means for improved differentiation between benign and malignant solid renal masses. Although most large, heterogeneous renal masses are due to renal cell carcinoma, smaller “indeterminate” renal masses are being identified on cross-sectional imaging. Although definitive diagnosis of a solid renal mass may not always be possible by MR imaging, integrated evaluation of multiple MR imaging parameters can result in concise differential diagnosis. Multiparametric MR should be considered a critical step in the triage of patients with a solid renal mass for whom treatment options are being considered in the context of morbidity, prognosis, and mortality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)457-469
Number of pages13
JournalMagnetic resonance imaging clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2020


  • Kidney
  • MR
  • Magnetic resonance
  • Neoplasm
  • Renal
  • Upper urinary tract

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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