Combining Prostate-Specific Antigen Parameters With Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System Score Version 2.0 to Improve Its Diagnostic Accuracy

Sasanka Kumar Baruah, Nabajeet Das, Saumar Jyoti Baruah, T.P. Rajeev, Puskal Kumar Bagchi, Debanga Sharma, Mandeep Phukan


Background: Any non-invasive test that can predict the absence of prostate cancer (PCa) or absence of clinically significant PCa (CSPCa) is necessary, as it can reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies in patients with gray zone prostate-specific antigen (PSA, 4 - 10 ng/mL). This study evaluated the diagnostic performance of free PSA% and PSA density (PSAD), and Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System (PIRADS) score (version 2.0) alone and combined in predicting CSPCa in patients with PSA between 4 and 10 ng/mL.

Methods: This prospective study included a total of 104 consecutive patients with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) and serum PSA between 4 and 10 ng/mL, with or without abnormal digital rectal examination (DRE) findings or any hypoechoic lesion on ultrasound sonography of prostate and without prior transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) biopsy of prostate. PIRADS score was calculated using multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging (mp-MRI) before TRUS biopsy of prostate. Relationships among PIRADS score, PSAD, free PSA% and presence of CSPCa in TRUS biopsy were statistically analyzed.

Results: In patients with CSPCa, significantly higher median age (P = 0.001), PSA level (P < 0.001), PSAD (P < 0.001) and significantly lower prostate volume (P < 0.001) and free PSA% were observed as compared to patients with non-CSPCa. Significantly higher proportion of patients with CSPCa showed PIRADS positive test compared to those with non-CSPCa (86.4% vs. 53.3%, P < 0.001). Cut-off values for PSAD and free PSA% were 0.12 ng/mL2 and 25%, respectively. Age, PSAD and free PSA% were significant predictors of PCa, while age and PSAD were significant predictors of CSPCa. Criteria 2, 3 and 4 demonstrated higher specificity and positive predictive value (PPV) in predicting CSPCa as compared to criterion 1. The overall accuracies of criterion 1, 2, 3 and 4 were 64.42%, 85.58%, 80.77% and 79.81%, respectively. The area under the curve (AUC) values of criterion 2, 3 and 4 were higher (0.827, 0.732 and 0.792) than criterion 1 (0.665).

Conclusion: Using PIRADS score for predicting CSPCa as a screening test, criteria 2, 3 and 4 have much higher diagnostic performance and present accuracy of mp-MRI to predict CSPCa can be increased with addition of PSAD and free PSA%.

World J Oncol. 2019;10(6):218-225


PIRADS score; PSA density; Free PSA%; Clinically significant prostate cancer; mp-MRI; Prostate biopsy

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