Identification and Localization of Prostate Cancer with Combined Use of T2-Weighted, Diffusion Weighted MRI and Proton MR Spectroscopy, Correlation with Histopathology


Purpose: To predict the diagnostic performance of combined use of T2-weighted imaging (T2W)-diffusion weighted MRI (DWI) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC)-proton MR spectroscopy (H-MRS) for the detection of prostate cancer, correlated to histopathology as the reference standard. Method: After institutional review board approval, 40 patients with prostate cancer were included in this retrospective research. Two readers evaluated the results of T2W, DWI-ADC mapping and H-MRS independently for the depiction of prostate cancer. Reference standard was the TRUS-guided biopsy and the surgical histopathological results. Statistical analysis was assessed by Fisher’s exact t-test, Wilcoxon signed rank test, variance analysis test with Kappa (k) values and receiver operating characteristics (ROC) curve for ADC values, Cho/Cit and Cho + Cre/Cit ratios for each observer. Results: Both readers declined 46% sensitivity and 68% specificity for T2W sequence, 29% sensitivity and 82% specificity for DWI-ADC mapping and 49% specificity for Cho/Cit and Cho + Cre/Cit ratios, 69% sensitivity for Cho/Cit 70% sensitivity for Cho + Cre/Cit ratios of H-MRS. T2W + DWI-ADC mapping + H-MRS (Cho/Cit and Cho + Cre/Cit ratios) regarded 81% sensitivity and 66% specificity, with significant statistical differences to the reference histopathology (p < 0.05). Conclusion: Combination of T2W, DWI and H-MRS were more sensitive and more accurate than either sequences alone, for prostate cancer localization and detection.

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Hekimoğlu, B. , Aydin, H. , Kızılgöz, V. , Tatar, İ. , Ugan, A. and Paker, İ. (2013) Identification and Localization of Prostate Cancer with Combined Use of T2-Weighted, Diffusion Weighted MRI and Proton MR Spectroscopy, Correlation with Histopathology. Advances in Molecular Imaging, 3, 23-36. doi: 10.4236/ami.2013.33005.

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