Consensus report on quality control of quantitative measurements of renal function obtained from the renogram: International Consensus Committee from the Scientific Committee of Radionuclides in Nephrourology

Semin Nucl Med. 1999 Apr;29(2):146-59. doi: 10.1016/s0001-2998(99)80005-1.


Among all the physiological indices that can be quantified using renography, measurement of renal function is the most basic. These measurements are used to make critical clinical management decisions and, as such, their reliability needs to be quality assured. This article seeks to address each aspect of the renography procedure, with particular emphasis on the effect on measurement of relative renal function. Estimation of individual kidney function is mentioned, but only briefly. A consensus approach was adopted, overseen, and directed by a chairman appointed by the Scientific Committee of the International Radionuclides in Nephro-Urology Group. The chairman selected the panel of experts from eight different countries based on their practical experience in the field. Where evidence exists to support the various recommendations it is given. Otherwise, the stated guidance represents the considered opinion of a body of experts, based on long experience and unpublished data. Some necessary compromises were made to account for the fact that renography is seldom performed solely with the purpose of measuring relative renal function. The technicalities of renography have always been a source of debate in nuclear medicine, which is reflected by the fact that a consensus could simply not be reached on a small number of issues. The structure of the report ensures that these are clearly indicated. This should serve to highlight gaps in our current knowledge, thus helping to direct future research. It is envisaged that the recommendations will be revised on a 2-year cycle to ensure that they remain up to date. An "open" process will be used to encourage participation and ownership. It is hoped that promotion of these guidelines, suitably complemented by audit processes, will raise standards in the practice of gamma camera renography.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Humans
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care
  • Radiation Dosage
  • Radioisotope Renography / methods
  • Radioisotope Renography / standards*
  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Technetium Tc 99m Mertiatide
  • Technetium Tc 99m Pentetate


  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Technetium Tc 99m Mertiatide
  • Technetium Tc 99m Pentetate