1. Prostate Cancer Surveillance
2. MRI Urology Study
3. Multiparametric MRI
4. In-Bore Biopsy
5. Active Surveillance for PCa


Prostate cancer remains one of the paramount challenges in men’s health today. With a focus on refining diagnosis and management strategies, there’s an enduring quest to balance early detection of significant cancers against the overtreatment of indolent disease. As published in the *Urology* journal, a Phase II study (DOI: 10.1016/j.urology.2023.12.017) led by Dr. Bjoern J. Langbein and a team of scientists and clinicians, offers fresh insights into the optimization of prostate cancer surveillance, shedding light on the added value of employing multiparametric (mp)MRI and in-bore biopsy in men on active surveillance for prostate cancer.

Trial Overview

This Phase II prospective blinded trial, involving experts from Harvard Medical School and the University Hospital Magdeburg, Germany, focused on 82 men diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer (PCa) following active surveillance protocols. Through a detailed comparison of two distinct biopsy approaches, the researchers aimed to demonstrate how mpMRI risk stratification before biopsy could enhance the detection of clinically significant prostate cancer (csPCa).

Study Methodology

The study’s primary objective revolved around two biopsy strategies. First, an in-bore MRI-guided biopsy (in-bore biopsy) coupled with transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) guided biopsy was conducted in men with suspicious mpMRI findings. Conversely, a TRUS biopsy alone was performed in the entire cohort, measuring the results blinded to the mpMRI outcomes.

The scientists meticulously gathered and compared data, which subsequently highlighted the potential of tailored biopsy strategies grounded on mpMRI risk stratification.

Results of the Study

Of the 82 participants in the trial, 27 presented with suspicious mpMRI results. Among these individuals, 8 out of 27 were identified with csPCa during biopsy procedures. Specifically, two cases were detected via in-bore biopsy alone, three via TRUS biopsy alone, and the remaining through both biopsy strategies.

The study’s findings underlined the precision of mpMRI and biopsy coordination. Under a regimen where all 82 men would undergo TRUS biopsies, csPCa diagnosis accuracy was around 80%, with 10% being true-positive outcomes. In contrast, integrating in-bore biopsies with TRUS biopsies in men flagged by mpMRI reduced the need for biopsies to a subset of 27, yet maintained an 80% csPCa detection rate, with a higher proportion of true positives (30%).

Implications on Clinical Practice

A compelling revelation of the trial is the optimal utilization of in-bore and TRUS biopsies when confined to individuals with suspicious mpMRI findings. This combined approach reaped similar csPCa detection rates compared to TRUS-exclusive biopsy regimens but significantly minimized the number of patients undergoing invasive procedures without compromising clinical outcomes.

Advantages of mpMRI and In-Bore Biopsy

Targeted biopsy: The primary benefit of using mpMRI lies in its capacity to provide a nuanced view of the prostate and pinpoint regions that may harbor significant cancer. In-bore biopsies, which are conducted within the MRI suite, enable real-time guidance and a higher degree of accuracy in sampling suspicious areas.
Reduced over-diagnosis: By deploying these advanced imaging and biopsy techniques, urologists can potentially circumvent the unnecessary diagnosis and treatment of indolent lesions that would unlikely impact the patient’s lifespan or quality of life.
Patient-centric care: Given the findings of the study, clinicians can now offer a more patient-friendly approach to cancer surveillance, tailoring interventions to those most likely to benefit from them while sparing others from undue invasive procedures.

Discussion and Expert Commentary

Despite the promise these innovative procedures hold, experts like Dr. Adam S. Kibel and the study co-authors stress the importance of further validation through randomized trials and larger cohorts. According to Dr. Alexander P. Cole, “Our results emphasize the complementary nature of in-bore and TRUS biopsies. However, the journey toward integrating them into standard practice requires robust data that substantiate their added value.”


The Phase II study, while non-randomized, presents a pivotal step toward refined and personalized strategies in the ongoing challenge of prostate cancer management. By potentially refining the active surveillance protocol, medical practitioners are better positioned to offer care that is not only effective but also empathetic to the patient’s experiences and needs.

Indeed, these findings herald a potential shift in the paradigm of prostate cancer diagnosis and monitoring. As clinical practices evolve to incorporate these progressive techniques, patients can look forward to a future where their treatment is governed by precision, personalization, and the assurance of receiving the right intervention at the right time.


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Declaration of Competing Interest
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This work was supported by respective institutional funds.

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