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Diagnostic accuracy of (68) Ga-prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) positron-emission tomography (PET) and multiparametric (mp)MRI to detect intermediate-grade intra-prostatic prostate cancer using whole-mount pathology: impact of the addition of (68) Ga-PSMA PET to mpMRI


OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the ability of prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA)-positron-emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) to detect intermediate-grade intra-prostatic prostate cancer (PCa), and to determine if PSMA-PET improves the diagnostic accuracy of multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 56 consecutive patients with International Society of Urological Pathology (ISUP) grade 2-3 PCa after radical prostatectomy, who underwent both mpMRI and PSMA-PET CT (hereafter PSMA-PET) preoperatively, were enrolled in this study. The accuracy of PSMA-PET, mpMRI alone, and the two procedures in combination was analysed for identifying ISUP grades 1-3 within a 12-segment model. The accuracy of a combined predictive model (PSMA-PET and mpMRI) was determined. Receiver-operating characteristic curve analysis to determine the optimal standardized uptake value (SUVmax ) for PSMA-PET in discriminating between ISUP grades 1 and >/=2 was performed. RESULTS: On a per-patient basis, the sensitivities for PSMA-PET and mpMRI in identifying ISUP grades 2-3 PCa were 100% and 97%, respectively. Assessing ISUP grade >/=2 PCa using a 12-segment analysis, PSMA-PET demonstrated greater diagnostic accuracy (area under the curve), sensitivity, specificity, negative predictive value (NPV) and positive predictive value (PPV), with values of 0.91, 88%, 93%, 95% and 85%, respectively, than did mpMRI (Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System [PI-RADS] 3-5), at 0.79, 68%, 91%, 87%, and 75%, respectively. When used in combination (PSMA-PET and mpMRI PIRADS 4-5), sensitivity, specificity, NPV and PPV were 92%, 90%, 96% and 81%, respectively. The sensitivity for both techniques reduced markedly when assessing ISUP grade 1 PCa (18% for PSMA-PET, 10% for mpMRI). An SUVmax value of 3.95 resulted in 94% sensitivity and 100% specificity. CONCLUSION: PSMA-PET is accurate in detecting segments containing intermediate-grade intra-prostatic PCa (ISUP grade >/= 2), compared with and complementary to mpMRI. By contrast the detection rate for ISUP grade 1 disease for both PSMA-PET and mpMRI was low.

Type Journal
ISBN 1464-4096
Authors Scheltema, M. J.; Chang, J. I.; Stricker, P. D.; van Leeuwen, P. J.; Nguyen, Q. A.; Ho, B.; Delprado, W.; Lee, J.; Thompson, J. E.; Cusick, T.; Spriensma, A. S.; Siriwardana, A. R.; Yuen, C.; Kooner, R.; Hruby, G.; O'Neill, G.; Emmett, L.
Responsible Garvan Author Dr James Thompson
Publisher Name BJU International
Published Date 2019-11-30
Published Volume 124 Suppl 1
Published Pages 42-49
Status Published in-print
DOI 10.1111/bju.14794