University of Nottingham

New renal imaging project to transform diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease

Prof Sue Francis with 3T wide bore MR scanner

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has recently awarded a grant worth £783,190 to a research team led by the University of Nottingham to enable the clinical translation of renal imaging and transform the way kidney disease is diagnosed and treated.

Professor Susan Francis from the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre (SPMIC) at Nottingham is leading the project and working in partnership with the University of Cambridge, University College London, and University of Leeds, together with the charity Kidney Research UK.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects 10% of the world’s population and more effective treatments to slow down the disease progression are urgently needed, but this will require better diagnostics to identify patients most in need of treatment. In recent years, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has emerged as a promising new non-invasive approach for assessing, monitoring and managing kidney disease.

Professor Francis explains how MRI can help in managing kidney disease:

 These new non-invasive renal MRI methods will allow various aspects of the kidney’s function to be assessed by imaging the organ itself. Imaging the kidney using MRI has the potential to improve the management of kidney patients through better diagnosis, better assessment of prognosis and the effect of therapy, and accelerating new drug discovery.

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