Prostate cancer radiogenomics—from imaging to molecular characterization

Matteo Ferro, Ottavio de Cobelli, Mihai Dorin Vartolomei, Giuseppe Lucarelli, Felice Crocetto, Biagio Barone, Alessandro Sciarra, Francesco Del Giudice, Matteo Muto, Martina Maggi, Giuseppe Carrieri, Gian Maria Busetto, Ugo Falagario, Daniela Terracciano, Luigi Cormio, Gennaro Musi, Octavian Sabin Tataru

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Radiomics and genomics represent two of the most promising fields of cancer research, designed to improve the risk stratification and disease management of patients with prostate cancer (PCa). Radiomics involves a conversion of imaging derivate quantitative features using manual or automated algorithms, enhancing existing data through mathematical analysis. This could increase the clinical value in PCa management. To extract features from imaging methods such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the empiric nature of the analysis using machine learning and artificial intelligence could help make the best clinical decisions. Genomics information can be explained or decoded by radiomics. The development of methodologies can create more-efficient predictive models and can better characterize the molecular features of PCa. Additionally, the identification of new imaging biomarkers can overcome the known heterogeneity of PCa, by non-invasive radio-logical assessment of the whole specific organ. In the future, the validation of recent findings, in large, randomized cohorts of PCa patients, can establish the role of radiogenomics. Briefly, we aimed to review the current literature of highly quantitative and qualitative results from well-de-signed studies for the diagnoses, treatment, and follow-up of prostate cancer, based on radiomics, genomics and radiogenomics research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9971
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021


  • Genomics
  • Molecular characterization
  • MRI
  • PET-CT
  • Prostate cancer
  • Radiogenomics
  • Radiomics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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