Outcomes of magnetic resonance imaging fusion-targeted biopsy of prostate imaging reporting and data system 3 lesions


To evaluate the characteristics and histological outcomes in patients with Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System (PI-RADS) 3 lesions undergoing magnetic resonance imaging-guided fusion-targeted biopsy (MRIFTB).


We retrospectively reviewed 138 patients with PI-RADS category 3 lesions classified using multiparametric MRI who underwent MRIFTB between May 2016 and March 2018. The study population included biopsy-naïve and patients with prior negative biopsy. Univariate and multivariate analyzes were performed to determine significant predictors of prostate cancer (PCa) and clinically significant prostate cancer (csPCa). The definition of csPCa was set at Gleason score ≥ 3 + 4.


Overall, 114 (82.6%) biopsied lesions were benign and 24 (17.4%) were identified as prostate cancer. Of these 24 lesions, 14 (58.3%) harbored csPCa. Peripheral zone (PZ) lesions were more likely to be associated with malignant disease than transition zone lesions (13.7 vs. 6.2%). Multivariate logistic analysis revealed that age, PZ location, and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) density (P < 0.05) were independent predictors of both PCa and csPCa.


A non-negligible number of PI-RADS 3 patients harbor csPCa. Moreover, age, lesion location, and PSA density could be potential clinical predictors of PCa and csPCa. Physicians should be aware of the cancer prevalence of PI-RADS 3 lesions, as the use of the aforementioned factors can help in the decision-making process for these patients.