Abdominal Imaging

, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 134–142 | Cite as

Detection of prostate cancer with multiparametric MRI (mpMRI): effect of dedicated reader education on accuracy and confidence of index and anterior cancer diagnosis

  • Kirema Garcia-Reyes
  • Niccolò M. Passoni
  • Mark L. Palmeri
  • Christopher R. Kauffman
  • Kingshuk Roy Choudhury
  • Thomas J. Polascik
  • Rajan T. GuptaEmail author



To evaluate the impact of dedicated reader education on accuracy/confidence of peripheral zone index cancer and anterior prostate cancer (PCa) diagnosis with mpMRI; secondary aim was to assess the ability of readers to differentiate low-grade cancer (Gleason 6 or below) from high-grade cancer (Gleason 7+).

Materials and methods

Five blinded radiology fellows evaluated 31 total prostate mpMRIs in this IRB-approved, HIPAA-compliant, retrospective study for index lesion detection, confidence in lesion diagnosis (1–5 scale), and Gleason grade (Gleason 6 or lower vs. Gleason 7+). Following a dedicated education program, readers reinterpreted cases after a memory extinction period, blinded to initial reads. Reference standard was established combining whole mount histopathology with mpMRI findings by a board-certified radiologist with 5 years of prostate mpMRI experience.


Index cancer detection: pre-education accuracy 74.2%; post-education accuracy 87.7% (p = 0.003). Confidence in index lesion diagnosis: pre-education 4.22 ± 1.04; post-education 3.75 ± 1.41 (p = 0.0004). Anterior PCa detection: pre-education accuracy 54.3%; post-education accuracy 94.3% (p = 0.001). Confidence in anterior PCa diagnosis: pre-education 3.22 ± 1.54; post-education 4.29 ± 0.83 (p = 0.0003). Gleason score accuracy: pre-education 54.8%; post-education 73.5% (p = 0.0005).


A dedicated reader education program on PCa detection with mpMRI was associated with a statistically significant increase in diagnostic accuracy of index cancer and anterior cancer detection as well as Gleason grade identification as compared to pre-education values. This was also associated with a significant increase in reader diagnostic confidence. This suggests that substantial interobserver variability in mpMRI interpretation can potentially be reduced with a focus on education and that this can occur over a fellowship training year.


Prostate cancer Multiparametric prostate MRI Reader education 



The authors gratefully acknowledge the contributions of Steven Breault, M.D., Andrew Buck, M.D., Lauren Burke, M.D., Ghaneh Fananapazir, M.D., Alex Kim, M.D., Evan Kulbacki, M.D., Samantha Lipman, B.S., John Madden, M.D, Ph.D., Kathryn Nightingale, Ph.D., Arthur Parsee, M.D., and Jose Pratts, M.D., without whom this project would not have been possible.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kirema Garcia-Reyes
    • 1
  • Niccolò M. Passoni
    • 2
  • Mark L. Palmeri
    • 3
  • Christopher R. Kauffman
    • 1
  • Kingshuk Roy Choudhury
    • 1
  • Thomas J. Polascik
    • 2
  • Rajan T. Gupta
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Division of Urologic Surgery and Duke Prostate Center, Department of SurgeryDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  3. 3.Department of Biomedical EngineeringDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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