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Update of Prostate Magnetic Resonance Imaging at 3 T

Kim, Chan Kyo MD; Park, Byung Kwan MD

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: March-April 2008 - Volume 32 - Issue 2 - p 163-172
doi: 10.1097/RCT.0b013e3180683b99
Abdominal Imaging: Review Article

More recently, 3-T magnetic resonance (MR) scanner become more clinically available, and clinical application of 3-T MR imaging (MRI) of the abdomen and pelvis is now feasible and being performed at many institutions. However, few prostrate 3-T MRI studies have been published. The increase in signal-to-noise ratio at 3 versus 1.5 T clearly improves spatiotemporal and spectral resolutions of the prostate. Thus, we asked whether 3-T MRI improves the localization and staging of prostate cancer versus 1.5-T MRI. To answer this question, this article reviews the current limitations of prostate 1.5-T MRI and addresses its pros and cons. Moreover, we present preliminary results of prostate 3-T MRI and introduce our experience for prostate 3-T MRI using a phased-array coil, with an emphasis on imaging sequences, for example, T2-weighted, dynamic contrast-enhanced, diffusion-weighted, and MR spectroscopic imaging.

From the Department of Radiology and Center for Imaging Science, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea.

Received for publication December 26, 2006; accepted April 2, 2007.

Reprints: Chan Kyo Kim, MD, Department of Radiology, Samsung Medical Center, 50 Ilwon-dong, Kangnam-ku, Seoul, Korea 135-710 (e-mail:

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.