The purpose of this study was to investigate the accuracy of endorectal coil MRI in the local staging of prostate carcinoma. A total of 73 patients with biopsy-proven prostate carcinoma were examined at 0.5 T prior being submitted to radical prostatectomy. The gold standard was provided in all patients by findings at whole-mount sectioning of the surgical specimens. At pathology 28 patients had stage T2, 30 had stage T3a/b, and 15 had stage T3c lesions. Overall accuracy of endorectal coil MRI in defining local tumor stage was 82% (60 of 73 patients). Of 73 patients, 5 (7%) were underestimated and 8 (11%) overestimated. The sensitivity and the specificity of endorectal coil MRI in diagnosing capsular penetration were 95% and 82%, respectively. Seminal vesicle invasion was detected with 80% sensitivity and 93% specificity. Our data indicate that endorectal coil MRI is an accurate method for local staging of prostate cancer.
- Magnetic resonance
- Seminal vesicle
- Surface coils
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging