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Diffusion weighted imaging of the prostate-principles, application, and advances.

Research paper by Martin H MH Maurer, Johannes T JT Heverhagen

Indexed on: 21 Jul '17Published on: 21 Jul '17Published in: Translational andrology and urology



Abstract

This review article aims to provide an overview on the principles of diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI) and its applications in the imaging of the prostate. DW-MRI with regards to different applications for prostate cancer (PCa) detection and characterization, local staging as well as for active surveillance (AS) and tumor recurrence after radical prostatectomy (RP) will be discussed. Furthermore, advances in DW-MRI techniques like diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) will be presented.