Prostate MRI Qualification: AJR Expert Panel Narrative Review.
Prostate MRI is now established as a first-line investigation for individuals presenting with suspected localized or locally advanced prostate cancer. Successful delivery of the MRI-directed pathway for prostate cancer diagnosis relies on high-quality imaging as well as the interpreting radiologist's experience and expertise. Radiologist certification in prostate MRI may help limit interreader variability, optimize outcomes, and provide individual radiologists with documentation of meeting predefined standards. This AJR Expert Panel Narrative Review summarizes existing certification proposals, recognizing variable progress across regions in establishing prostate MRI certification programs. To our knowledge, Germany is the only country with a prostate MRI certification process that is currently available for radiologists. However, prostate MRI certification programs have also recently been proposed in the United States and United Kingdom and by European professional society consensus panels. Recommended qualification processes entail a multifaceted approach, incorporating components such as minimum case numbers, peer learning, course participation, continuing medical education credits, and feedback from pathology results. Given the diversity in health care systems, including in the provision and availability of MRI services, national organizations will likely need to take independent approaches to certification and accreditation. The relevant professional organizations should begin developing these programs or continue existing plans for implementation.
Online Publication Date