Using intravoxel incoherent motion MR imaging to evaluate cortical defects in the first episode of upper urinary tract infections: Preliminary results - Abstract

PURPOSE: To compare intravoxel incoherent motion diffusion weight imaging IVIM-DWI MRI with DMSA for the evaluation of cortical defect in pediatric upper urinary tract infection (UTI) patients.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-three kidneys of 22 pediatric patients with the first episode of febrile upper UTI were evaluated. DWI using IVIM model was performed with eight b factors. The presence of cortical defect was evaluated on apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) map. DMSA was used as the standard of reference. ADC, true diffusion coefficient (D), pseudo-diffusion coefficient (D*), and perfusion fraction (F) in both defect and nondefect area were calculated and compared.

RESULTS: Cortical defects were detected in 14 kidneys by IVIM-DWI. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of IVIM-DWI MRI for the detection of defects was 93.3%, 100%, 100%, and 96.5%, respectively. Mean values of ADC, D, D*, and F were 1.12 ± 0.15, 1.05 ± 0.10, 33 ± 17 (× 10-3 mm2 /s), and 0.14 ± 0.09 in the defect foci. In normal foci, ADC, D, D*, and F were 1.37 ± 0.09, 1.31 ± 0.10, 43 ± 19 (× 10-3 mm2 /s), and 0.12 ± 0.04, respectively. ADC and D were significantly lower in defect group than nondefect group (P < 0.01).

CONCLUSION: IVIM-DWI can allow both direct visualization and quantitative measurement of cortical defects.

Written by:
Lee CH, Yoo KH, Je BK, Kim IS, Kiefer B, Park YS, Kim KA, Park CM.   Are you the author?
Department of Radiology, Korea University Guro Hospital, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Reference: J Magn Reson Imaging. 2014 Sep;40(3):545-51.
doi: 10.1002/jmri.24384

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 24757067 Infections Section

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