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BioMed Research International
Volume 2014, Article ID 590638, 8 pages
Review Article

Functional MRI in Prostate Cancer Detection

Molecular Imaging Program, National Cancer Institute, NIH, 10 Center Drive, MSC 1182, Building 10, Room B3B69, Bethesda, MD 20892-1088, USA

Received 13 June 2014; Accepted 15 July 2014; Published 23 July 2014

Academic Editor: Jurgen Futterer

Copyright © 2014 Sandeep Sankineni et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (MP-MRI) has emerged as a promising method for the detection of prostate cancer. The functional MRI components of the MP-MRI consist of the diffusion weighted MRI, dynamic contrast enhanced MRI, and magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging. The purpose of this paper is to review the existing literature about the use of functional MRI in prostate cancer detection.