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Danish MRI research benefits patients with kidney disease throughout Europe

In collaboration with European colleagues, Professor Christoffer Laustsen from Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital will develop a new, advanced MRI examination of chronically ill kidney patients, which will set the standard for European scanning examinations of the kidneys. The Innovation Fund Denmark is supporting the project, which is part of a major international research collaboration.

2021.01.14 | Lise Wendel Eriksen

Professor Christoffer Laustsen will, together with European colleagues, develop an advanced MRI scanning method for investigating kidney patients. Photo: Private

The Danish section of the study, which is headed by Christoffer Laustsen, is part of a European research collaboration. Six research groups have joined together to demonstrate that the advanced MRI scanning methods can quantitatively measure specific parameters for the kidneys, ultimately giving medical doctors better opportunities to diagnose and follow treatment of the individual renal patient.

Backed by more than DKK 2.4 million from the Innovation Fund Denmark and the European ERA PerMed initiative under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, Christoffer Laustsen will investigate where it is precisely that MRI scans can show the changes in the kidneys that occur in patients with impaired renal function. The goal is for the newly developed MRI kidney scanning to become a standard examination, and thus enable clinics and hospitals throughout Europe to record the same type of MRI scan and receive the same answers, which is not possible today.


Professor Christoffer Laustsen
Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University and
Aarhus University, The MR Research Centre
Mobile: (+45) 2443 9141
Email: cl@clin.au.dk

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