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Sussie Laustsen

Noncontrast-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Versus Computed Tomography Angiography in Preoperative Evaluation of Potential Living Renal Donors

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RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: Living renal donors undergo an extensive examination program. These examinations should be as safe, gentle, and patient friendly as possible. To compare computed tomography angiography (CTA) and an extensive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocol without contrast agents to observations from nephrectomy in living renal donors and to evaluate whether noncontrast-enhanced MRI can replace CTA for vessel assessment in living renal donors.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: CTA and MRI results were compared to observations from nephrectomy, which served as the reference standard. Fifty-one potential kidney donors underwent imaging, and 31 donated a kidney. Comparisons in sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy were made with respect to the number of arteries, early branching, and the number of veins. Agreement was assessed using Cohen's kappa. The exact McNemar's test was used to test for statistically significant differences.

RESULTS: In the assessment of more than one renal artery, the sensitivity and specificity of MRI and CTA were high and in perfect agreement compared to observations from surgery. The results for both MRI and CTA were as follows: (sensitivity 100%/specificity100%/accuracy 100%/Kappa = 1/P = 1). When comparing the ability to test for early branching we found, MRI: (sensitivity 33%/specificity 100%/accuracy 87%/Kappa = 0.45/P = 1) and CTA: (sensitivity 50%/specificity 100%/accuracy 90%/Kappa = 0.62/P = 1). When used to depict supernumerary veins, we found MRI: (sensitivity60%/specifivity100%/accuracy 93%/Kappa = 0.72/P = 1), whereas CTA showed: (sensitivity 40%/specificity 96%/accuracy 87% Kappa = 0.43/P = 1).

CONCLUSIONS: In conclusion, an optimized MRI protocol that includes noncontrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography can be substituted for CTA for preoperative assessment of the renal vessels before living donor nephrectomy.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAcademic Radiology
Pages (from-to)1368–1375
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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