To determine if magnetic resonance imaging with Gd-DTPA could be used to assess renal and hepatic perfusion and possibly function, a fast-field-echo technique was used to perform sequential imaging of the kidney and liver of five subjects. Sixteen 3-second images of the same section were obtained at 13-second intervals immediately after Gd-DTPA administration, and again at 30 or 50 minutes after injection. From these images, curves of renal and hepatic signal versus time were generated. In each case the renal signal intensity peaked within 2 minutes and decreased to 60% or less by 3.4 minutes, and 35% or less by 50 minutes. Hepatic curves peaked within 2 minutes and approached initial levels by 30 minutes. These results suggest that transit and clearance of the contrast agent can be imaged by this technique.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging