Evaluation of renal allografts function early after transplantation using intravoxel incoherent motion and arterial spin labeling MRI

Magn Reson Imaging. 2016 Sep;34(7):908-14. doi: 10.1016/j.mri.2016.04.022. Epub 2016 Apr 22.


Purpose: To evaluate renal allografts function early after transplantation using intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) and arterial spin labeling (ASL) MRI.

Methods: This prospective study was approved by the local ethics committee, and written informed consent was obtained from all participants. A total of 82 participants with 62 renal allograft recipients (2-4weeks after kidney transplantation) and 20 volunteers were enrolled to be scanned using IVIM and ASL MRI on a 3.0T MR scanner. Recipients were divided into two groups with either normal or impaired function according to the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) with a threshold of 60ml/min/1.73m(2). The apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) of pure diffusion (ADCslow), the ADC of pseudodiffusion (ADCfast), perfusion fraction (PF), and renal blood flow (RBF) of cortex were compared among three groups. The correlation of ADCslow, ADCfast, PF and RBF with eGFR was evaluated. The receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve and binary logistic regression analyses were performed to assess the diagnostic efficiency of using IVIM and ASL parameters to discriminate allografts with impaired function from normal function. P<0.05 was considered statistically significant.

Results: In allografts with normal function, no significant difference of mean cortical ADCslow, ADCfast, and PF was found compared with healthy controls (P>0.05). Cortical RBF in allografts with normal function was statistically lower than that of healthy controls (P<0.001). Mean cortical ADCslow, ADCfast, PF and RBF were lower for allografts with impaired function than that with normal function (P<0.05). Mean cortical ADCslow, ADCfast, PF and RBF showed a positive correlation with eGFR (all P<0.01) for recipients. The combination of IVIM and ASL MRI showed a higher area under the ROC curve (AUC) (0.865) than that of ASL MRI alone (P=0.02).

Conclusion: Combined IVIM and ASL MRI can better evaluate the diffusion and perfusion properties for allografts early after kidney transplantation.

Keywords: ASL; Diagnostic efficacy; IVIM; Renal allograft.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Creatinine / blood*
  • Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Female
  • Glomerular Filtration Rate / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted / methods
  • Kidney / diagnostic imaging
  • Kidney / physiopathology
  • Kidney Transplantation*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications / diagnostic imaging
  • Postoperative Complications / physiopathology
  • Prospective Studies
  • ROC Curve
  • Renal Circulation / physiology
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Young Adult


  • Creatinine