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Complications of Renal Transplantation: MR Findings

Fang, Ying-Chen; Siegelman, Evan S.

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: November-December 2001 - Volume 25 - Issue 6 - p 836-842

Because of its direct multiplanar capability, superb soft tissue contrast and ability to obtain dynamic three-dimensional angiograms using contrast agents without nephrotoxicity, magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and magnetic resonance angiography are ideal techniques for evaluating renal transplants. The following pictorial essay reviews the normal MR appearance of the transplant kidney as well as parenchymal, vascular, and peritransplant complications.

From the Department of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A. (Y.-C. Fang and E. S. Siegelman); and Department of Radiology, Taipei Municipal Ho-Ping Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. (Y.-C. Fang).

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. E. S. Siegelman at Department of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, 3400 Spruce St., First Floor Founders MRI, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283, U.S.A. E-mail:

© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.