Xiang He1, Serter Gumus1, Ayaz Aghayev1, Kyongtae Ty Bae1
1Department of Radiology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
While MR-based renal quantitative BOLD (qBOLD) can provide in vivo, absolute assessment of intra-renal oxygenation, the effect of water diffusion to the accuracy of renal qBOLD estimation has not been investigated. In this study, we compared the gradient-echo versus spin-echo acquisitions for the quantification of intra-renal oxygenation using the qBOLD technique. The estimated intra-renal oxygenation level was significantly higher with the spin-echo based acquisition, suggesting the potential role of water diffusion in renal qBOLD quantification.