Deirdre Maria McGrath1, Warren D. Foltz1, Navid Samavati1, Jenny Lee1, Michael A. Jewett2, Theodorus H. van Der Kwast3, Cynthia Mnard1, Kristy K. Brock1,4
1Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 2Department of Surgical Oncology, Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 3Department of Pathology, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 4Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) holds enormous potential as a tool to guide prostate intervention for cancer, such as targeted radiation therapy, MRI-guided biopsy or high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy. However, to assist in vivo method development quantitative data on the relative increase in biomechanical stiffness of prostate cancer above that of normal tissue is required. A high resolution quasi-static MRE method at 7 tesla has been applied to prostatectomy tissue for which the disease burden was assessed using whole-mount histology. The results revealed a high sensitivity of Youngs modulus to cancer and a strong correlation with pathology.