Prostate magnetic resonance imaging for brachytherapists: Anatomy and technique

A. M. Venkatesan, R. J. Stafford, C. Duran, P. D. Soni, A. Berlin, P. W. McLaughlin

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Purpose To present an overview of mp MRI techniques necessary for high-resolution imaging of prostate. Methods We summarize examples from our clinical experience and concepts from the current literature that illustrate normal prostate anatomy on multiparametric MRI (mp MRI). Results Our experience regarding optimal mp MRI image acquisition is provided, as well as a summary of prostate and periprostatic anatomy and anatomical variants that pose challenges for BT. Conclusions mp MRI provides unparalleled assessment of the prostate and periprostatic anatomy, making it the most appropriate imaging modality to facilitate prostate BT treatment planning, implantation, and followup. This work provides an introduction to prostate mp MR imaging, anatomy, and anatomical variants essential for successful integration mp MRI into prostate brachytherapy practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)679-687
Number of pages9
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Anatomy
  • Brachytherapy
  • MRI
  • Multiparametric MRI
  • Prostate
  • Prostate cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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