World Journal of Urology

, Volume 33, Issue 11, pp 1707–1714 | Cite as

Targeted MRI/TRUS fusion-guided biopsy in men with previous prostate biopsies using a novel registration software and multiparametric MRI PI-RADS scores: first results

  • Susanne TewesEmail author
  • Katja Hueper
  • Dagmar Hartung
  • Florian Imkamp
  • Thomas R. W. Herrmann
  • Juergen Weidemann
  • Stefan Renckly
  • Markus A. Kuczyk
  • Frank Wacker
  • Inga Peters
Original Article



To evaluate a novel system for MRI/TRUS fusion-guided biopsy for detection of prostate cancer (PCa) in patients with previous negative prostate biopsy and determine diagnostic accuracy when using the Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System (PI-RADS) for multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI) as proposed by the European Society of Urogenital Radiology.


Thirty-nine men with clinical suspicion of PCa and history of previous prostate biopsy underwent mpMRI on a 3-T MRI. In total, 72 lesions were evaluated by the consensus of two radiologists. PI-RADS scores for each MRI sequence, the sum of the PI-RADS scores and the global PI-RADS were determined. MRI/TRUS fusion-guided targeted biopsy was performed using the BioJet™ software combined with a transrectal ultrasound system. Image fusion was based on rigid registration. PI-RADS scores of the dominant lesion were compared with histopathological results. Diagnostic accuracy was determined using receiver operating characteristic curve analysis.


MRI/TRUS fusion-guided biopsy was reliable and successful for 71 out of 72 lesions. The global PI-RADS score of the dominant lesion was significantly higher in patients with PCa (4.0 ± 1.3) compared to patients with negative histopathology (2.6 ± 0.8; p = 0.0006). Using a global PI-RADS score cut-off ≥4, a sensitivity of 85 %, a specificity of 82 % and a negative predictive value of 92 % were achieved.


The described fusion system is dependable and efficient for targeted MRI/TRUS fusion-guided biopsy. mpMRI PI-RADS scores combined with a novel real-time MRI/TRUS fusion system facilitate sufficient diagnosis of PCa with high sensitivity and specificity.


MRI/TRUS fusion-guided biopsy Prostate cancer Multiparametric MRI PI-RADS scoring 



We thank “Fritz und Gertrud Stegmeier-Stiftung” for financial support.

Conflict of interest

Dr. Hueper reports grants from DFG outside the submitted work. Dr. Herrmann reports consultancy Karl Storz, LisaLaser, Boston Scientific, and Ipsen outside the submitted word. Mr. Renckly is freelance collaborator for DK Technologies. Dr. Wacker reports grants from BMBF, German Centre for Lung Research (DZL), during the conduct of the study; grants from Promedicus Ltd., grants from DFG, Rebirth-Cluster of Excellence, grants from Siemens Healthcare, outside the submitted work.

Ethical standard

The study has been approved by the local ethic committee and has therefore been performed in accordance with the ethical standards laid down in the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments. All patients gave their informed consent prior to their inclusion in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susanne Tewes
    • 1
    Email author
  • Katja Hueper
    • 1
  • Dagmar Hartung
    • 1
  • Florian Imkamp
    • 2
  • Thomas R. W. Herrmann
    • 2
  • Juergen Weidemann
    • 1
  • Stefan Renckly
    • 2
  • Markus A. Kuczyk
    • 2
  • Frank Wacker
    • 1
  • Inga Peters
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for RadiologyHannover Medical SchoolHannoverGermany
  2. 2.Department of Urology and Urologic OncologyHannover Medical SchoolHannoverGermany

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