The Institutional Learning Curve of Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Ultrasound Fusion Targeted Prostate Biopsy: Temporal Improvements in Cancer Detection in 4 Years

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Abstract

Purpose

While magnetic resonance imaging-ultrasound fusion targeted biopsy allows for improved detection of clinically significant prostate cancer, a concerning amount of clinically significant disease is still missed. We hypothesized that a number of these misses are due to the learning curve associated with magnetic resonance imaging-ultrasound fusion targeted biopsy. We report the results of repeat magnetic resonance imaging-ultrasound fusion targeted biopsy in men with continued suspicion for cancer and the institutional learning curve in the detection of clinically significant prostate cancer with time.

Materials and Methods

We analyzed the records of 1,813 prostate biopsies in a prospectively acquired cohort of men who presented for prostate biopsy in a 4-year period. All men were offered prebiopsy magnetic resonance imaging and were assigned a maximum PI-RADS™ (Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System version 2) score. Biopsy outcomes in men with a suspicious region of interest were compared. The relationship between time and clinically significant prostate cancer detection was analyzed.

Results

The clinically significant prostate cancer detection rate increased 26% with time in men with a PI-RADS 4/5 region of interest. On repeat magnetic resonance imaging-ultrasound fusion targeted biopsy in men with continued suspicion for cancer 53% of those with a PI-RADS 4/5 region of interest demonstrated clinically significant discordance from the initial magnetic resonance imaging-ultrasound fusion targeted biopsy compared to only 23% with a PI-RADS 1/2 region of interest. Significantly less clinically significant prostate cancer was missed or under graded in the most recent biopsies compared to the earliest biopsies.

Conclusions

The high upgrade rate on repeat magnetic resonance imaging-ultrasound fusion targeted biopsy and the increasing cancer detection rate with time show the significant learning curve associated with magnetic resonance imaging-ultrasound fusion targeted biopsy. Men with low risk or negative biopsies with a persistent, concerning region of interest should be promptly rebiopsied. Improved targeting accuracy with operator experience can help decrease the number of missed cases of clinically significant prostate cancer.

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