Penile cancer is one of the male-specific cancers. Accurate pretreatment staging is crucial due to a plethora of treatment options currently available. The 8th edition American Joint Committee on Cancer-Tumor Node and Metastasis (AJCC-TNM) revised the staging for penile cancers, with invasion of corpora cavernosa upstaged from T2 to T3 and invasion of urethra downstaged from T3 to being not separately relevant. With this revision, MRI is more relevant in local staging because MRI is accurate in identifying invasion of corpora cavernosa, while the accuracy is lower for detection of urethral involvement. The recent European Urology Association (EAU) guidelines recommend MRI to exclude invasion of the corpora cavernosa, especially if penis preservation is planned. Identification of satellite lesions and measurement of residual-penile-length help in surgical planning. When nonsurgical treatment modalities of the primary tumor are being considered, accurate local staging helps in decision-making regarding upfront inguinal lymph node dissection as against surveillance. MRI helps in detection and extent of inguinal and pelvic lymphadenopathy and is superior to clinical palpation, which continues to be the current approach recommended by National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) treatment guidelines. MRI helps the detection of "bulky" lymph nodes that warrant neoadjuvant chemotherapy and potentially identify extranodal extension. However, tumor involvement in small lymph nodes and differentiation of reactive vs. malignant lymphadenopathy in large lymph nodes continue to be challenging and the utilization of alternative contrast agents (superparamagnetic iron oxide), positron emission tomography (PET)-MRI along with texture analysis is promising. In locally recurrent tumors, MRI is invaluable in identification of deep invasion, which forms the basis of treatment. Multiparametric MRI, especially diffusion-weighted-imaging, may allow for quantitative noninvasive assessment of tumor grade and histologic subtyping to avoid biopsy undersampling. Further research is required for incorporation of MRI with deep learning and artificial intelligence algorithms for effective staging in penile cancer. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: 5 TECHNICAL EFFICACY: Stage 3.
Journal of magnetic resonance imaging : JMRI. 2020 Jan 24 [Epub ahead of print]
Satheesh Krishna, Krishna Shanbhogue, Nicola Schieda, Fernando Morbeck, Benhabib Hadas, Girish Kulkarni, Matthew D McInnes, Ronaldo Hueb Baroni
Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Imaging, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada., Department of Radiology, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, New York, USA., Department of Radiology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada., Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Sao Paulo, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, São Paulo, Brazil., Departments of Surgery and Surgical Oncology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.