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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 186
Diffusion-weighted MRI in assessment of renal dysfunction


1 Department of Radiology, AKSAZ Military Hospital, Mugla, Turkey
2 Department of Radiology, Erzurum Maresal Cakmak Hospital, Erzurum, Turkey
3 Department of Radiology, GATA Haydarpasa Training Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
4 Department of Radiology, Mugla Sitki Kocman University Faculty of Medicine, Mugla, Turkey

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Date of Web Publication16-Aug-2013
 

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Sivrioglu AK, Mehmet A K, Kara K, Deveer M. Diffusion-weighted MRI in assessment of renal dysfunction. Indian J Radiol Imaging 2013;23:186

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Sivrioglu AK, Mehmet A K, Kara K, Deveer M. Diffusion-weighted MRI in assessment of renal dysfunction. Indian J Radiol Imaging [serial online] 2013 [cited 2018 May 27];23:186. Available from: http://www.ijri.org/text.asp?2013/23/2/186/116576
Dear Sir,

We read the interesting article of Goyal et al., titled "Diffusion-weighted MRI in assessment of renal dysfunction," which was published in the August 2012 issue of the journal. [1] The study included fairly important information which was very useful for us. However, we would like to make a few contributions.

In this study, ADC measurements were calculated irrespective of renal medulla and cortex. Due to the histopathologic differences of renal medulla and cortex, the ADC measurements may vary between normal and patient groups. [2],[3] If this distinction had been made, we think that the cut-off ADC values described in this study may change.

The reasons for differences in parenchymal diffusion are renal perfusion differences, glomerulosclerosis, tubular atrophy, and interstitial fibrosis, which were found on comparing healthy people and patients with renal failure. [1] With comparative studies, renal perfusion with low b values (like 50 s/mm 2 ) and the other reasons with high b values (>500 s/mm 2 ) can be assessed more accurately. Thus, the state of the kidney perfusion and fibrosis can be considered separately. We think that this determination may show the way to stage renal failure and treatment, and also may be an issue for further studies.

In this study, ADC measurements were calculated with two b-values (0 and 500 s/mm 2 ). But it is recommended that ADC values should be measured with at least with three b-values (such as 0, 50, and 500 s/mm 2 ), so that the ADC values and cut-off values can be determined more accurately.

 
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1.Goyal A, Sharma R, Bhalla AS, Gamanagatti S, Seth A. Diffusion-weighted MRI in assessment of renal dysfunction. Indian J Radiol Imaging 2012;22:155-9.  Back to cited text no. 1
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2.Carbone SF, Gaggioli E, Ricci V, Mazzei F, Mazzei MA, Volterrani L. Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging in the evaluating of renal function: A preliminary study. Radiol Med 2007;112:1201-10.  Back to cited text no. 2
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3.Zhu J, Zhou XP, Liu RB, Fu P, Hu ZX, Ma AJ. Relationship between renal apparent diffusion coefficient and renal interstitial fibrosis: Preliminary study. Sichuan Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xuen Ban 2008;39:992-5.  Back to cited text no. 3
    

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Ali Kemal Sivrioglu
Department of Radiology, AKSAZ Military Hospital, Mugla
Turkey
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-3026.116576

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