Multiparametric prostate MRI quality assessment using a semi-automated PI-QUAL software program.

The technical requirements for the acquisition of multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI) of the prostate have been clearly outlined in the Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System (PI-RADS) guidelines, but there is still huge variability in image quality among centres across the world. It has been difficult to quantify what constitutes a good-quality image, and a first attempt to address this matter has been the publication of the Prostate Imaging Quality (PI-QUAL) score and its dedicated scoring sheet. This score includes the assessment of technical parameters that can be obtained from the DICOM files along with a visual evaluation of certain features on prostate MRI (e.g., anatomical structures). We retrospectively analysed the image quality of 10 scans from different vendors and magnets using a semiautomated dedicated PI-QUAL software program and compared the time needed for assessing image quality using two methods (semiautomated assessment versus manual filling of the scoring sheet). This semiautomated software is able to assess the technical parameters automatically, but the visual assessment is still performed by the radiologist. There was a significant reduction in the reporting time of prostate mpMRI quality according to PI-QUAL using the dedicated software program compared to manual filling (5'54″ versus 7'59″; p = 0.005). A semiautomated PI-QUAL software program allows the radiologist to assess the technical details related to the image quality of prostate mpMRI in a quick and reliable manner, allowing clinicians to have more confidence that the quality of mpMRI of the prostate is sufficient to determine patient care.

European radiology experimental. 2021 Nov 05*** epublish ***

Francesco Giganti, Sydney Lindner, Jonathan W Piper, Veeru Kasivisvanathan, Mark Emberton, Caroline M Moore, Clare Allen

Department of Radiology, University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK. ., MIM Software Inc., Cleveland, OH, USA., Division of Surgery & Interventional Science, University College London, 3rd Floor, Charles Bell House, 43-45 Foley St., W1W 7TS, London, UK., Department of Urology, University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK., Department of Radiology, University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.

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