Hungarian Radiology

[Technical aspects of MR urography based on two cases]

HORVÁTH László, BOGNER Péter, NAGY Gyöngyi, BAJZIK Gábor, VANDULEK Csaba, REPA Imre

OCTOBER 20, 2007

Hungarian Radiology - 2007;81(05-06)

[Intravenous urography has been the gold standard in diagnostic radiology studying the urogeintal system. However, ultrasound and other cross-sectional imaging methods have brought major change in this area. Beside modern (multislice) CT examinations the methods of MR urography are more frequently applied making possible both static and dynamic examinations beyond the wellknown advantages of MR imaging. The authors describe two complemetary methods of MR urography which provide a complete evaluation of the urinary system. The first method is aimed to image stationary fluid by using heavily T2 weighted turbo spin echo pulse sequences. This measurement well depicts the dilations of the excretory system even with little or no excretion of urine. The second method is analogous with the traditional IVU, as the excretion of a less nephrotoxic gadolinium based contrast medium followed by a T1 weighted gradient echo pulse sequence (possibly dynamic) helps to visualise the renal cavities and the urinary pathways. Normal renal function is a prerequisite when using this technique in order to visualise normal and obstructed urinary pathway disorders. The use of MR urography together with traditional MR methods may significantly reduce the number of invasive examinations and methods based on X-ray radiation exposure. MR urography may be exceptionally important in the uroradiological study of distensions of renal cavities in pediatric cases, pregnant women and renal transplant patients or in case of contrast material allergy.]



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