1Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 2Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 3Medical Imaging, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 4Medical Imaging, University of Toronto
A magnetization-prepared spiral imaging technique, termed T2prep, was adapted for robust time-efficient clinical prostate evaluation, and piloted in two prostate cancer cohorts. The patient groups presented with: (A) no prior history of external beam radiation; and (B) biochemical failure after radiotherapy. Cohorts were scanned (A) without and (B) with an endo-rectal coil in tandem with a torso phased-array, respectively. Prostate zonal and tumor T2 values supported known trends. For each cohort, an SNR analysis was performed to identify minimum region volumes for thermal-noise insensitive measurements, and to guide protocol design for future voxel-based anlaysis.