To investigate whether the 2-seed placement per Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) suspicious lesion yields a higher seed placement accuracy than a 1-seed strategy on a phantom.
Eight olives embedded in gelatin, each simulating a prostate, underwent MRI. Three virtual spherical lesions (3, 5, and 8 mm diameters) were marked in each olive on the MRI images and co-registered to the MRI/Transrectal Ultrasonography (TRUS) fusion biopsy system. Two radiologists placed 0.5 mm fiducials, targeting the center of each virtual lesion under fusion image guidance. Half of the 8 olives in each phantom were assigned either to the 1-seed or 2-seeds per lesion strategy. Post-procedure Computed Tomography (CT) images identified each seed and were fused with MR to localize each virtual lesion and collected the seed placement error – distance between the virtual target and the corresponding seed (using the closer seed for the 2-seed strategy). Seed placement success is defined as fiducial placement within a lesion boundary.
Each operator repeated the procedure on three different phantoms, and data from 209 seeds placed for 137 lesions were analyzed, with an overall error of 3.03 ± 1.52 mm. The operator skill, operator phantom procedural experience, lesion size, and number of seeds, were independently associated with the seed placement error. Seed placement success rate was higher for the 2-seed group compared to 1-seed, although the difference was not statistically significant.
Placing 2 seeds per MRI lesion yielded a significantly lower error compared to 1-seed strategy, although seed placement success rate was not significantly different.

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