Fusion of high B-value diffusion-weighted and T2-weighted MR images increases sensitivity for identification of extraprostatic disease in prostate cancer

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  • Purpose: To evaluate whether fusion of high b-value diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and T2-weighted imaging (T2WI) increases radiologists' ability to detect pathologic features responsible for upstaging in prostate cancer patients prior to radical prostatectomy (RP). Basic procedures: This was a retrospective study including 103 patients who underwent RP and a prostate MRI performed at 3T. High b-value DWI and T2WI were fused and interpreted by three radiologists with different degrees of experience. Prior to and after fusion, readers answered questionnaires about cancer presence, extraprostatic extension (EPE), seminal vesicle (SV) invasion, lymph node (LN) involvement, and reader confidence. Pathology reports served as the reference standard. Main findings: High b-value DWI-T2WI fusion increased sensitivity for detection of EPE from 65.6% to 77.4% (p < 0.05), SV invasion from 40.5% to 48.8% (p < 0.05), and LN metastasis by 23.8% to 44.4% (p < 0.05). Readers' confidence significantly improved with the use of fusion imaging. Across all readers, confidence of cancer detection increased by 12.5% (p < 0.05), EPE by 14.7% (p < 0.05), SV invasion by 8.1% (p < 0.05), and LN metastasis by 2.5% (p < 0.05) using Wilcoxon signed rank test. Principal conclusions: Fusion overlay of high b-value DWI and T2WI increases sensitivity for detection of extraprostatic disease resulting in upstaging at the time of RP.
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  • Clinical Imaging  Journal
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    Author List

  • Colvin SD; Cason DE; Galgano SJ; Triche BL; Gordetsky J; Rais-Bahrami S; Porter KK
  • Start Page

  • 202
  • End Page

  • 209
  • Volume

  • 68