Dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging in prostate cancer clinical trials: potential roles and possible pitfalls

Transl Oncol. 2014 Feb 1;7(1):120-9. doi: 10.1593/tlo.13922. eCollection 2014 Feb.


Dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) evaluates the tissue microvasculature and may have a role in assessing and predicting therapeutic response in prostate cancer (PCa). In this review, we review principles of DCE-MRI and present the potential quantitative information that can be obtained. We discuss how it may be used as a biomarker for treatment with antiangiogenic and antivascular agents and potentially identify patients with PCa who may benefit from this form of therapy. Likewise, DCE-MRI may play a role in assessing response to combined androgen deprivation therapy and radiation therapy and theoretically could be a prognostic biomarker in evaluating second-generation hormone therapies. We also address the challenges of using DCE-MRI in PCa clinical trials and discuss the difficulties with standardization of this methodology to allow for biomarker validation, with particular reference to PCa.