Prostatic artery embolization: magnetic resonance image (MRI) findings in the early detection of prostate infarction in a canine spontaneous benign prostatic hyperplasia model

Transl Androl Urol. 2021 Feb;10(2):869-878. doi: 10.21037/tau-20-1320.


Background: The purpose was to assess the association between prostate infarction and prostate volume (PV) reduction after prostatic artery embolization (PAE) and define the best time point in detection of prostate infarction.

Methods: Ten male beagles (3.5-6.4 years) with spontaneous benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) underwent PAE. Magnetic resonance image (MRI) was conducted immediately before and 1 week, 2 weeks and 1 month after PAE to document prostate infarcts and measure PV. The sum of infarct areas (SUMIA) was measured and calculated using OsiriX software. Spearman's rank correlation was used to estimate the relationship of PV reduction rate with infarction percentage and SUMIA reduction.

Results: In comparison with baseline data, significant PV reduction (P<0.001) occurred at 2 weeks and continued to decrease substantially (P=0.004) from 2 weeks to 1 month after PAE. In the same fashion, significant decrease in both SUMIA and infarction percentage was observed from 1 to 2 weeks (P=0.002), and subsequently to 1 month (P=0.039 and P=0.016, respectively). Spearman's rank correlation test demonstrated infarction percentage at 1 week had a stronger correlation (r=0.880, P=0.001) with PV reduction rate at 1 month than infarction percentage at 2 weeks (r=0.733, P=0.016). PV reduction rate had a significant correlation with decrease in SUMIA (r=0.854, P=0.002) at 1 month after PAE.

Conclusions: One week after PAE is an ideal time point to evaluate prostate infarction. Prostate infarction percentage at 1 week is a good predictor for prostate shrinkage at 1 month after PAE.

Keywords: Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH); canine model; magnetic resonance image (MRI); prostate infarction; prostatic artery embolization (PAE).