MRI in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease

J Magn Reson Imaging. 2019 Jul;50(1):41-51. doi: 10.1002/jmri.26627. Epub 2019 Jan 13.


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is increasingly used in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) for diagnosis, classification, assessment of disease progression and treatment response, and for identifying complications. Herein we review the role of MRI in the management of patients with ADPKD. We show how MRI-derived total kidney volume is a biomarker for assessing ADPKD severity and predicting decline in renal function. We also demonstrate the MR appearances of common complications. Level of Evidence: 3 Technical Efficacy Stage: 5 J. Magn. Reson. Imaging 2019;50:41-51.

Keywords: ADPKD; arachnoid cyst; infected cyst; pancreatic cyst; total kidney volume; venous compression.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomarkers / analysis
  • Disease Progression
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Polycystic Kidney, Autosomal Dominant / complications
  • Polycystic Kidney, Autosomal Dominant / diagnostic imaging*
  • Polycystic Kidney, Autosomal Dominant / pathology
  • Predictive Value of Tests


  • Biomarkers