Next Generation in Imaging in Localized Prostate Cancer
- Hydrogel spacing is rapidly becoming standard of care for prostate cancer radiotherapy with growing adoption by the urology community.
- Hydrogel technology may be applied to other organs throughout the body that could benefit from marking or space creation (i.e. bladder, gynecological, and pancreatic cancers).
- Opportunities exist for clinical investigation of adjacent prostate indications (i.e. post prostatectomy, ablative therapies).
- Prostate MRI continues to serve an important role in the evaluation of primary disease. Clinical trial data such as PRECISION and PROMIS continue to emerge that will solidify and expand the use of prostate MRI. Standardization and variability of prostate MRI remains problematic and will hopefully improve with increased adoption of PI-RADS Version 2.
- Preliminary evidence regarding the use of PET/CT for the characterization of primary prostate cancer is promising however clinical trial data is necessary to prove the performance and clinical utility of the tool in the management of prostate cancer patients.