MRI-targeted biopsy for detecting prostate cancer: have the guidelines changed our practices and our prostate cancer detection rate?

  • Michael BaboudjianEmail author
  • Quentin Bandelier
  • Bastien Gondran-Tellier
  • Rony Abdallah
  • Floriane Michel
  • Pierre Clement Sichez
  • Eugenie Di-Crocco
  • Akram Akiki
  • Sarah Gaillet
  • Veronique Delaporte
  • Marc Andre
  • Laurent Daniel
  • Gilles Karsenty
  • Eric Lechevallier
  • Romain Boissier
Urology - Original Paper



In our center, until 2018, MRI-targeted biopsy was underused. Since January 2018, we systematically performed MRI-targeted biopsy for suspicious PI-RADS ≥ 3 lesions in accordance to the recent guidelines. We hypothesized that the implementation of systematic prebiopsy MRI would increase the detection rate (DR) of prostate cancer (PCa) without increasing DR of clinically insignificant PCa (insignPCa).

Patients and methods

A retrospective study including consecutive men who underwent prostate biopsy for suspicion of PCa in our center between January 2017 and December 2018 was conducted. Combined biopsies were performed for suspicious MRI and systematic biopsies for nonsuspicious MRI. The primary outcome was to compare the DR of PCa per year. Secondary outcomes included DRs of clinically significant PCa (csPCa) and insignPCa between both years and outcomes of targeted vs systematic biopsies.


A total of 306 men (152 in 2017 and 154 in 2018) were included. Respectively, median (IQR) age was 69 (63–75) vs 70 (65–76) years (p = 0.29) and median (IQR) PSA density was 0.17 (0.13–0.28) vs 0.17 (0.11–0.26) (p = 0.24). There was a significant increase in prebiopsy MRI performed (120 [78.9%] vs 143 [92.8%]; p < 0.001) in 2018. DRs of PCa (94 [61.8%] vs 112 [72.7%]; p = 0.04) and csPCa (76 [50%] vs 95 [61.6%]; p = 0.04) increased in 2018, while the insignPCa DR was stable (p = 0.13). The DR of PCa was 58.3%, 65% and 71.2%, respectively, in targeted, systematic and combined biopsies (p = 0.02). In case of nonsuspicious MRI, the prevalence of csPCA was 12.5%.


Introducing systematical MRI-targeted biopsy in our clinical setting increased the PCa DR without overdiagnosing insignPCa. Implementation of prebiopsy MRI does not seem to avoid the need for systematic biopsy, and nonsuspicious MRI should not obviate the need for prostate biopsy when otherwise clinically indicated.


Prostate cancer Biopsy Magnetic resonance imaging Detection rate 


Author contributions

Study concept and design: MB, RB and EL. Acquisition of data: MB, RB. Analysis and interpretation of data: MB, RB and EL. Drafting of the manuscript: MB, RB, EL. Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: EL. Statistical analysis: BG-T.


None. Administrative, technical, or material support: Baboudjian, Boissier, Lechevallier, Gondran-Tellier, Akiki, Abdallah, Michel, Gaillet, Delaporte and Karsenty. Supervision: Boissier and Lechevallier.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

None of the contributing authors has a conflict of interest, including specific financial interests and relationships and affiliations relevant to the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript.

Ethical approval

The study was declared and approved by the ethics committee of the Association Française d’Urologie (AFU). The study has guaranteed compliance at all times with the Law of Jardé on the Research including Human Persons (November 18, 2016, French Government).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Baboudjian
    • 1
    Email author
  • Quentin Bandelier
    • 1
  • Bastien Gondran-Tellier
    • 1
  • Rony Abdallah
    • 1
  • Floriane Michel
    • 1
  • Pierre Clement Sichez
    • 1
  • Eugenie Di-Crocco
    • 1
  • Akram Akiki
    • 1
  • Sarah Gaillet
    • 1
  • Veronique Delaporte
    • 1
  • Marc Andre
    • 2
  • Laurent Daniel
    • 3
  • Gilles Karsenty
    • 1
  • Eric Lechevallier
    • 1
  • Romain Boissier
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Urology and Kidney TransplantationAPHM, Conception Academic Hospital, Aix-Marseille UniversityMarseilleFrance
  2. 2.Department of Radiology and Medical ImagingAPHM, Conception Academic Hospital, Aix-Marseille UniversityMarseilleFrance
  3. 3.Department of Pathological Anatomy and CytologyAPHM, Conception Academic Hospital, Aix-Marseille UniversityMarseilleFrance

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