OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this study is to test the association between diffusionweighted MRI and prostate cancer Gleason score at both biopsy and final pathologic analysis after radical prostatectomy. SUBJECTS AND METHODS. Patients with prostate cancer (n = 72) underwent diffusion-weighted MRI (b values, 0, 800, and 1600 s/mm2) with an endorectal coil. Apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and ADC ratio were obtained in normal and pathologic tissue and were correlated with transrectal ultrasound-guided biopsy (n = 72) and histopathologic (n = 39) Gleason scores using the ANOVA test. ADC accuracy was estimated using ROC curves. RESULTS. Lesions suspicious for prostate cancer were detected in 65 patients. The mean ADC was 1.47 and 0.87 × 10-3 mm2/s for normal and pathologic tissue, respectively (p <0.001). When we divided the population into four groups (normal tissue and biopsy Gleason scores of 6, 7, and 8-10), then the mean ADC value was 1.47, 0.96, 0.80, and 0.78 × 10-3 mm2/s, respectively (p <0.001). The ADC ratio decreased along with an increase in biopsy Gleason score (66.9%, 56.7%, and 51.5% for Gleason scores of 6, 7 and 8-10, respectively) (ANOVA, p = 0.003) and pathologic Gleason score (ANOVA, p <0.001). ROC curves had an AUC of 0.94 and 0.86 for ADC and ADC ratio, respectively (p = 0.012 and 0.042, respectively). CONCLUSION. Decreasing ADC values may represent a strong risk factor of harboring a poorly differentiated prostate cancer, independently of biopsy characteristics.
- Apparent diffusion coefficient
- Apparent diffusion coefficient ratio
- Diffusion-weighted imaging
- Gleason score
- Prostate cancer
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging