Patient selection determines the prostate cancer yield of dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging-guided transrectal biopsies in a closed 3-Tesla scanner

Radiation Oncology Branch, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892-1642, USA.
BJU International (Impact Factor: 3.13). 02/2008; 101(2):181-5. DOI: 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2007.07219.x
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ABSTRACT To evaluate the cancer yield of transrectal prostate biopsies in a 3-T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner in patients with elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels and recent negative transrectal ultrasonography (TRUS)-guided prostate biopsies.
Between July 2004 and November 2005, patients with at least one previous negative prostate biopsy within the previous 12 months had MRI-guided biopsy of the prostate in a 3-T MRI scanner. Patients with previous positive biopsies for cancer were excluded. Target selection was based on T2-weighted imaging and dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) imaging studies.
Thirteen patients were eligible; their median (range) age was 61 (47-74) years and PSA value 4.90 (1.3-12.3) ng/mL. Most patients had one previous negative biopsy (range 1-4). Four patients had a family history of prostate cancer. There were 37 distinct targets based on T2-weighted imaging. Fifteen of 16 distinct DCE abnormalities were co-localized with a target based on T2-weighted imaging. Despite this correlation, only one of 13 patients had a directed biopsy positive for cancer. Including systematic biopsies, two of 13 patients had a biopsy positive for prostate cancer. One patient had prostate intraepithelial neoplasia and one had atypical glands in the specimen.
The prostate-cancer yield of transrectal biopsies in a 3-T MRI scanner, among patients with recent negative TRUS-guided prostate biopsies, is similar to repeat systematic TRUS-guided biopsy. DCE correlates with T2-imaging but does not appear to improve prostate cancer yield in this population.

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