New magnetic resonance imaging methods in nephrology

Jeff L. Zhang, Glen Morrell, Henry Rusinek, Eric E. Sigmund, Hersh Chandarana, Lilach O. Lerman, Pottumarthi V. Prasad, David Niles, Nathan Artz, Sean Fain, Pierre Hugues Vivier, Alfred K. Cheung, Vivian S. Lee

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Established as a method to study anatomic changes, such as renal tumors or atherosclerotic vascular disease, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to interrogate renal function has only recently begun to come of age. In this review, we briefly introduce some of the most important MRI techniques for renal functional imaging, and then review current findings on their use for diagnosis and monitoring of major kidney diseases. Specific applications include renovascular disease, diabetic nephropathy, renal transplants, renal masses, acute kidney injury, and pediatric anomalies. With this review, we hope to encourage more collaboration between nephrologists and radiologists to accelerate the development and application of modern MRI tools in nephrology clinics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)768-778
Number of pages11
JournalKidney international
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Glomerular filtration rate
  • Kidney
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Perfusion
  • Tissue oxygenation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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