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Abdom Imaging. 2006 Jul-Aug;31(4):490-9.

Prostate cancer: value of magnetic resonance spectroscopy 3D chemical shift imaging.

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CT-MRI Units, Umberto I Hospital-University "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy.


The results of recent studies of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) combined with three-dimensional magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (3D-MRSI) demonstrate that the MRI/3D-MRSI exam is a unique method by which to noninvasively study the cellular metabolism and anatomy of the prostate. 3D-MRSI is emerging as the most specificity tool for non-invasive evaluation of the prostate cancer. The results of current MRI/3D-MRSI studies also provide evidence that the magnitude of metabolic changes in regions of cancer before therapy, as well as the extent of the time course of metabolic changes after therapy, may improve our understanding of cancer aggressiveness. Assessment of cancer spread outside the prostate can be significantly improved by combining MRI findings with estimates of metabolic abnormalities provided by 3D-MRSI. Clinically, combined MRI/3D-MRSI has already demonstrated a potential for improved diagnosis, staging, and treatment planning for patients with prostate cancer. This article reviewed the value of 3D-MRS imaging for the diagnosis, localization, staging, aggressiveness, and treatment planning of prostate cancer.

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