Assessing intrarenal nonperfusion and vascular leakage in acute kidney injury with multinuclear 1H/19F MRI and perfluorocarbon nanoparticles

Lingzhi Hu, Junjie Chen, Xiaoxia Yang, Angana Senpan, John S. Allen, Noriko Yanaba, Shelton D. Caruthers, Gregory M. Lanza, Marc R. Hammerman, Samuel A. Wickline

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Purpose: We sought to develop a unique sensor-reporter approach for functional kidney imaging that employs circulating perfluorocarbon nanoparticles and multinuclear 1H/19F MRI. Methods: 19F spin density weighted and T1 weighted images were used to generate quantitative functional mappings of both healthy and ischemia-reperfusion (acute kidney injury) injured mouse kidneys. 1H blood-oxygenation-level-dependent (BOLD) MRI was also employed as a supplementary approach to facilitate the comprehensive analysis of renal circulation and its pathological changes in acute kidney injury. Results: Heterogeneous blood volume distributions and intrarenal oxygenation gradients were confirmed in healthy kidneys by 19F MRI. In a mouse model of acute kidney injury, 19F MRI, in conjunction with blood-oxygenation-level-dependent MRI, sensitively delineated renal vascular damage and recovery. In the cortico-medullary junction region, we observed 25% lower 19F signal (P<0.05) and 70% longer 1H T2* (P<0.01) in injured kidneys compared with contralateral kidneys at 24 h after initial ischemia-reperfusion injury. We also detected 71% higher 19F signal (P<0.01) and 40% lower 1H T2* (P<0.05) in the renal medulla region of injured kidneys compared with contralateral uninjured kidneys. Conclusion: Integrated 1H/19F MRI using perfluorocarbon nanoparticles provides a multiparametric readout of regional perfusion defects in acutely injured kidneys.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2186-2196
Number of pages11
JournalMagnetic resonance in medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2014


  • blood volume
  • fluorine
  • ischemia-reperfusion
  • kidney
  • oxygenation
  • perfusion


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