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Abstract #2961

Corticomedullary Differentiation of the Kidney: Evaluation with Non-Contrast-Enhanced Steady-State Free Precession (SSFP) MR Imaging with Time-Spatial Labeling Inversion Pulse (Time-SLIP)

Akihiko Kanki1, Tsutomu Tamada1, Yasufumi Noda1, Atsushi Higaki1, Satoko Okamoto1, Katsuyoshi Ito1

1Radiology, Kawasaki Medical School, Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan

This study was carried out to assess the value of non-contrast-enhanced steady-state free precession (SSFP) MR imaging with time-spatial labeling inversion pulse (Time-SLIP) in the visualization of corticomedullary differentiation of the normal kidney. Our study showed that SSFP MR imaging with Time-SLIP can improve the visibility of renal corticomedullary differentiation without using contrast agents, and may have a potential to help evaluate the renal function in patients with diminished renal corticomedullary differentiation.