Purpose: To study the dependence of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and T2 on echo time (TE) and b-value, respectively, in normal prostate and prostate cancer, using two-dimensional MRI sampling, referred to as "hybrid multidimensional imaging."
Materials and methods: The study included 10 patients with biopsy-proven prostate cancer who underwent 3 Tesla prostate MRI. Diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI) data were acquired at b = 0, 750, and 1500 s/mm(2) . For each b-value, data were acquired at TEs of 47, 75, and 100 ms. ADC and T2 were measured as a function of b-value and TE, respectively, in 15 cancer and 10 normal regions of interest (ROIs). The Friedman test was used to test the significance of changes in ADC as a function of TE and of T2 as a function of b-value.
Results: In normal prostate ROIs, the ADC at TE of 47 ms is significantly smaller than ADC at TE of 100 ms (P = 0.0003) and T2 at b-value of 0 s/mm(2) is significantly longer than T2 at b-value of 1500 s/mm(2) (P = 0.001). In cancer ROIs, average ADC and T2 values do not change as a function of TE and b-value, respectively. However, in many cancer pixels, there are large decreases in the ADC as a function of TE and large increases in T2 as a function of b-value. Cancers are more conspicuous in ADC maps at longer TEs.
Conclusion: Parameters derived from hybrid imaging that depend on coupled/associated values of ADC and T2 may improve the accuracy of MRI in diagnosing prostate cancer.
Keywords: ADC; DWI; T2; TE; multidimensional hybrid MRI; prostate cancer.
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