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Abstract #3070

Neuroanatomical Evaluation of Periprostatic Nerve in Patients Submitted to Nerve-Sparing Prostatectomy at 3T: Feasibility Study & Preliminary Experience

Valeria Panebianco1, Sabina Prato2, Daniele Lisi1, Valeria Buonocore1, Tommaso Biondi1, Roberto Passariello1

1Department of Radiological Sciences, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy; 2MR Advanced Applications, GE Healthcare, Milan, Italy

In patients submitted to a nerve-sparing prostatectomy is important the depiction of the neuroanatomical distribution and relationship of periprostatic nerve with capsular profile using Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) and tracing the spatial orientation of the neuro component depending of the diffusion process. Fibertracking with endorectal coil of the periprostatic nerve is a feasible application, obtaining a precise neuroanatomical evaluation of the periprostatic nerve in terms of: distance from nerve fiber to prostate capsular profile, distance from nerve fiber to the lesion and integrity and course of the nerve on each part of the prostate.