Diffusion-weighted and dynamic contrast-enhanced imaging at 3.0 T of prostate cancer
Jeukens C, Luijten P, van Vulpen M, van der Heide U
The purpose of this study is to improve the accuracy in localizing and delineating the tumor within the prostate, using a combination of anatomical and functional (diffusion-weighted and contrast-enhanced) imaging at 3.0 T. To this end DCE-MRI and DWI scans were made of 6 patients with biopsy proven prostate cancer. Regions with low ADC and high blood flow were identified. While both features are indicative of the presence of tumor, our data show only partial overlap between the identified volumes, suggesting complementary functional data that can be used in the disease manangement in prostate cancer patients.