Magnetic Resonance in Medical Sciences
Online ISSN : 1880-2206
Print ISSN : 1347-3182
ISSN-L : 1347-3182
Major Papers
Correlation between Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR) and Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) Values of the Kidneys
Author information
Keywords: ADC, GFR, kidney, MRI

2010 Volume 9 Issue 2 Pages 59-64


Purpose: Study of the kidney by apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements is interesting because of the organ's high blood flow and water transport functions. We investigated the relationship between ADC values of the kidney and the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR).
Methods: We retrospectively evaluated 180 patients (113 men, 67 women, aged 20 to 89 years, mean age, 61.06 years) who underwent abdominal magnetic resonance (MR) imaging at 1.5 tesla. Transverse multisection echo-planar diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) was performed using diffusion gradient b-values of 50 and 1000 s/mm2. Regions of interests (ROIs) were manually delineated in the parenchyma as large as possible at the level of the middle portion of the bilateral kidneys. For each kidney, 2 nonoverlapping ROIs were placed at different locations; 4 total ROIs from the bilateral kidneys were averaged for each patient. ADC values were measured directly from the ROIs. The eGFR was calculated by an equation based on serum creatinine level. The patients were divided into 3 groups: eGFR<30 mL/min/1.73 m2; 30≦eGFR<60; and 60≦eGFR.
Results: The mean ADC values of the 3 groups were 1.71±0.18 for the group with eGFR<30 mL/min/1.73 m2; 1.87±0.11 for those with eGFR≥30; and 1.88±0.12×10−3 mm2/s for those with eGFR≥60. The mean ADC values were significantly lower in the patients with eGFR<30 than in the other groups (P<0.05); no difference was found between the other groups; and there was no statistically significant correlation between mean ADC and eGFR values.
Conclusion: Patients with low eGFR tended to have lower ADC values. However, this study failed to show significant correlation between mean ADC values and eGFR.

Information related to the author
© 2010 by Japanese Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Previous article Next article