In 2020/21, PARENCHIMA produced a number of technical recommendations on clinical and preclinical MRI published in a special MAGMA issue and a Springer Book, respectively (see resources). In order to ensure continuing maintenance of these recommendations and unite researchers working on renal MRI method development, working group 1 of PARENCHIMA developed a proposal for a new Study Group on Renal MR to the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (www.ismrm.org/study-groups/). proposal development was led by Eric Sigmund, NYU. The required number of signatures of full ISMRM members was collected and the proposal was submitted to the ISMRM in january 2021.
The new study group, if accepted, will have as mission To support the development, application, and broad translation of preclinical and clinical magnetic resonance imaging of the kidney. An important aspect of the study group is the joint consideration of technological and clinical challenges of renal imaging and functional assessment in particular, in distinction from approaches that are intended for use in the entire abdomen.
The proposed study group will carry out this mission along a variety of channels: support to ongoing development of methods of renal MRI at both the preclinical and clinical level; support clinical deployment of new and existing renal MRI tools to parenchymal and focal disease of the kidney; promote exchange and collaboration between clinicians and basic scientists with an interest in renal MRI.