Detection of acute renal ischemia in swine using blood oxygen level‐dependent magnetic resonance imaging

Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Impact Factor: 3.21). 09/2005; 22(3):347 - 353. DOI: 10.1002/jmri.20389


PurposeTo determine the feasibility and sensitivity of blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to detect acute renal ischemia, using a swine model, and to present the causes of variability and assess techniques that minimize variability introduced during data analysis.Materials and MethodsBOLD MRI was performed in axial and coronal planes of the kidneys of five swine. Color R2* maps were calculated and mean R2* values and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for the cortex and medulla were determined for baseline, renal artery occlusion and reperfusion conditions. Paired Student's t-tests were used to determine significance.ResultsMean R2* measurements increased from baseline during renal artery occlusion in the cortex (axial, 13.8–24.6 second−1; coronal, 14.4–24.7 second−1) and medulla (axial, 19.3–32.2 second−1; coronal, 20.1–30.7 second−1). These differences were significant for both the cortex (axial, P < 0.04; coronal, P < 0.005) and medulla (axial, P < 0.02; coronal, P < 0.0005). No significant change was observed in the contralateral kidney.ConclusionR2* values were significantly higher than baseline for medulla and cortex during renal artery occlusion. More variability exists in R2* measurements in the medulla than the cortex and in the axial than the coronal plane. J. Magn. Reson. Imaging 2005. © 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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    • "Since 1996, BOLD-MRI has been used in humans to evaluate, amongst others, the effect of water diuresis on renal medulla and cortex in healthy volunteers [34, 35] and diabetic patients [30] and to monitor changes in renal oxygenation after administration of different drugs [36, 37] and after acute renal ischemia [38, 39]. "
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    • "Various stimuli were used to study the regulation of renal perfusion and oxygenation in animals under physiological conditions. For this purpose, vasoactive agents like nitric oxide (Li et al. 2003, 2009), prostaglandins (Prasad et al. 2001), reductions in RPP (Juillard et al. 2004, Alford et al. 2005), water diuresis (Prasad & Epstein 1999, Epstein et al. 2002, Haque et al. 2011) and changes in inspiratory oxygen fraction (Pedersen et al. 2005) were used to modify renal perfusion and oxygen delivery. To lower renal oxygen consumption, diuretics that reduce tubular reabsorption were applied (Li et al. 2004, Gomez et al. 2009, Warner et al. 2011). "
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