International Urology and Nephrology

, Volume 50, Issue 11, pp 1989–1997 | Cite as

A negative multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging finding does not guarantee the absence of significant cancer among biopsy-proven prostate cancer patients: a real-life clinical experience

  • Jung Jun Kim
  • Seok-Soo Byun
  • Sang Eun Lee
  • Hak Jong Lee
  • Gheeyoung Choe
  • Sung Kyu HongEmail author
Urology - Original Paper



We analyzed the data of consecutive patients who had preoperative multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI) and underwent radical prostatectomy (RP) to evaluate the actual performance of mpMRI among biopsy-proven prostate cancer (PCa) patients in predicting favorable pathology in the real-life clinical setting.


Among a total 730 biopsy-proven PCa patients underwent RP, the preoperative mpMRIs of 534 patients were positive, demonstrating one or more PI-RADs V2 grade ≥ 2 lesion(s). Other 196 mpMRIs were classified as negative, without any suspicious lesion. Pathology was classified to be unfavorable when showing Gleason score (GS) 4/5 or pT3/N1 features. Significant cancer was defined as non-organ-confined, GS 4/5, or cancer volume of ≥ 0.5 mL.


Among a total 196 negative preoperative mpMRI patients, final RP pathology showed that 20 (10.2%) had pT3 disease and 2 (1.0%) had pN1 disease. Regarding the pathologic Gleason score, 117 (59.7%) had GS 3 + 4 and 44 (22.4%) had GS ≥ 4 + 3. The rate of a favorable PCa and an insignificant cancer was as low as 14.3% and 10.2%. Even among only the 101 D’Amico low-risk patients with negative MRI, the rates of a favorable pathology and an insignificant cancer were only 18.2% and 12.7%. The sensitivity, specificity, positive, and negative predictive value of mpMRI to predict a significant cancer were 74.3%, 45.5%, 95.5%, and 10.2%, respectively.


In the real-life clinical setting, mpMRI demonstrated limited performance in the prediction of favorable and insignificant prostate cancer as a negative mpMRI could not guarantee the absence of unfavorable pathology among PCa patients.


Multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging Insignificant cancer Favorable pathology 



Apparent diffusion coefficient


Diffusion-weighted imaging


Prostate cancer


Radical prostatectomy


Magnetic resonance imaging


Multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging


Author contributions

JJK, IJL, and SKH collected the data, wrote the manuscript, and prepared all of the tables. HJL and GC reviewed and confirmed the radiological and pathological medical records, respectively. HJL, S-SB, SEL, GC, and SKH supervised and revised the study design and the details of the manuscript.


This study is not supported any funding.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethics approval and consent to participate

The ethics committee of the Seoul National University Bundang Hospital approved this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jung Jun Kim
    • 1
  • Seok-Soo Byun
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sang Eun Lee
    • 1
  • Hak Jong Lee
    • 3
  • Gheeyoung Choe
    • 4
  • Sung Kyu Hong
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of UrologySeoul National University Bundang HospitalSeongnam-siSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of UrologySeoul National University College of MedicineSeoulSouth Korea
  3. 3.Department of RadiologySeoul National University Bundang HospitalSeongnamSouth Korea
  4. 4.Department of PathologySeoul National University Bundang HospitalSeongnamSouth Korea

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