EMUC17: HOT course on prostate MRI interpretation for urologists

17 November 2017

The first Hands-on Training (HOT) for urologists in the diagnosis and management of prostate cancer commenced today.

Organised by the European School of Urology, the EAU Section of Uro-Technology, and the EAU Section of Urological Imaging, the course aims to help urologists understand the role of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the management of patients with prostate cancer.

“The course offers an exclusive hands-on experience in prostate MRI interpretation. It is designed to give urologists a chance to interpret MRIs and receive valuable individual evaluation,” said faculty member Dr. Louise Dickinson (GB).  “We want to have that training element to ensure that participating urologists can interpret and report well, receive real-time feedback, and monitor their improvement over time.”

In her introduction lecture “The role and management of men with prostate cancer”, faculty member Prof. Caroline Moore (GB) summed up the core messages of the course: MRI can be used to determine who needs a biopsy, how the biopsy is done and which treatment a male patient can consider. MRI can also be used to determine how the treatment is carried out, whether via Focal Therapy or radical treatment. And teamwork is essential to deliver a high-quality image guided service to patients.

During the “Workshop on Prostate mpMRI”, faculty member Prof. Olivier Rouvière (FR) offered participants warm-up exercises prior to the 16 test cases to familiarise them with the Likert and PIRADSv2 scoring systems, what features lead to which scoring system, and the differences between them.

Participants will be provided with their own laptops during the course for the test cases then go through their answers together with the faculty members. The course is initially a half-day programme which might potentially extend to a full day in the near future.