Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced MRI Study of Male Pelvic Perfusion at 3T: Comparison in Cardiac and non-Cardiac patients
Westney O, De E, Kramer L, Hou P
University of Texas
Lower urinary tract symptoms and erectile dysfunction may relate to pelvic ischemia which can be demonstrated by dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) MRI perfusion values. This primary study has shown that patients with known coronary artery disease (CAD) will differ from those without (controls) with respect to (1) pelvic perfusion in prostate, corpus cavernosal and spongiosal tissues, and (2) pelvic symptoms (erectile dysfunction and lower urinary tract symptoms). Greater enhancement was observed in the control than the CAD for all three tissues with very significant difference.