Medindia

X

Systemic Functioning For Living Renal Donors Gets Fresh Imaging Protocols Boost

by Nancy Needhima on  May 2, 2012 at 6:10 PM Research News   - G J E 4
Latest study from UCLA demonstrates how magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) and computed tomography angiography (CTA) are equivalent in marking out anatomy in living renal donors.
Systemic Functioning For Living Renal Donors Gets Fresh Imaging Protocols Boost
Systemic Functioning For Living Renal Donors Gets Fresh Imaging Protocols Boost
Advertisement

In a study that examined 30 patients and 60 kidneys, both modalities were "excellent" in detecting the number of renal arteries and veins. Dr. Mittul Gulati, lead author for the study noted, "either MRA or CTA are great tools for helping surgeons remove kidneys safely, identifying donor and recipient veins and vessels, and identifying incidental findings."

Advertisement
The results could potentially reduce radiation exposure for patients. Dr. Gulati noted, "Both imaging techniques complement each other and limit additional examinations for our patients." The combined studies also showed significant agreement between readers in the number of renal vessels, early arterial bifurcation, and late confluence of the left renal vein.

Ultimately, Dr. Gulati predicts that these techniques will help to improve evaluation for living renal donors. He said, "Consistently using MRA in renal donors, in addition to or as a substitute for CTA, shows promising results and warrants further investigation."

The study is being presented April 28, 2012 at the American Roentgen Ray Society Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada.

Source: Eurekalert
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

You May Also Like

Advertisement
View All