Survey on prostate MRI reading and interpretation among urology residents in Italy, Brazil and the UK: a cry for help.

Prostate MRI is an essential tool in the diagnostic pathway of prostate cancer and its accurate reading helps decision to biopsy. The aim of this study was to assess the Urology residents' level of confidence in reading and interpreting prostate MRI, their interest in new learning opportunities and whether prostate MRI training should be part of the urology core curriculum during residency.

A 23-item survey has been created and distributed via Web to an international cohort of Urology residents over a 3-month period. Surveys obtained from Countries representing >10% total distribution of responses were analysed.

A total of 304 complete surveys were obtained from Urology residents, with a geographical prevalence from Europe (59.54%, 181/304) and South America (29.28%, 89/304). Only 17-20% of residents reported having received formal prostate MRI training during residency. Overall, <20% residents expressed to feel confident in reading and interpreting prostate MRI. As a result, >90% Urology trainees stated they would be willing to receive a formal training and would be interested in new learning opportunities in MRI reading and interpretation during residency, independently of their year of training. Despite UK Urology trainees showed to have a higher availability of MRI resources and MRI-based biopsies compared to the other countries, they still expressed concerns in regard to not feeling confident with MRI reading and interpretation and requested a formal training.

This survey highlights the need for major learning opportunities and a formal training in prostate MRI reading and interpretation during urology residency.

Minerva urology and nephrology. 2022 Oct 26 [Epub ahead of print]

Simona Ippoliti, Luca Orecchia, Francesco Esperto, Marcelo L Wroclawski, Guglielmo Manenti, Tristan Barrett, Christof Kastner, Roberto Miano

Urology Department, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, Harrogate, UK - ., Urology Unit, Policlinico Tor Vergata Foundation, Rome, Italy., Urology Department, Campus Biomedico University, Rome, Italy., Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, Sao Paulo, Brazil., Diagnostic Imaging and Interventional Radiology Unit, Department of Biomedicine and Prevention, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy., Radiology Department, Cambridge University Hospitals, Cambridge, UK., Urology Department, Cambridge University Hospitals, Cambridge, UK.

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