Yasufumi Noda1, Akihiko Kanki1, Akira Yamamoto1, Tsutomu Tamada1, Yasokawa Kazuya1, Atsushi Higaki1, Tomohiro Sato1, Katsuyoshi Ito1
1Kawasaki Medical School, Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan
The purpose of this study is to investigate the correlation between renal cortical thickness and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) by clearly depicting renal corticomedullary differentiation using steady-state free precession (SSFP) MRI with a spatially selective IR pulse. There was a positive correlation between minimal renal cortical thickness and eGFR. However, there were no significant correlations between maximal renal length and eGFR. This fact suggested that measurement of renal cortical thickness by non-contrast-enhanced SSFP MRI with a spatially selective IR pulse has a potential to evaluate the renal function with higher sensitivity than maximal renal length.