Assessment of Renal Physiology by Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in Normal Volunteers

2014-08-27 03:20:53 | BioPortfolio


Estimation of Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) is the primary test used to assess patients with renal disease. Although serum creatinine based GFR and nuclear medicine based estimations are routinely used in clinical practice, GFR estimation by Inulin is the recommended gold standard. Inulin based estimation of GFR is cumbersome and time consuming.

A decrease in blood flow to the kidney (Renal Blood Flow (RBF)) is known to cause a decrease in GFR. RBF is typically determined using radioactive tracers, contrast MRI or a cumbersome para-aminohippuric acid (PAH) clearance method.

MRI based assessment of GFR and RBF have been suggested to provide reasonable accuracy. Most of these studies did not compare the GFR and RBF estimation directly to Inulin and PAH clearance which are ther gold standards . In this study we propose to estimate MRI based GFR estimation directly to Inulin and noncontrast MRI based derived RBF to PAH to assess if MRI is an accurate test of kidney function.

Study Design

Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Screening


Glomerular Filtration Rate


Inulin and PAH clearance and MRI


University Health Network
M5G 2C4




University Health Network, Toronto

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:20:53-0400

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