August 1, 2018 Source: The Verdict 202
Endomag received premarket approval from the FDA for Magtrace, the novel non-radioactive dual-tracer for lymphatic plotting in breast cancer patients which facilitates the implementation of magnetic detection during sentinel lymph node biopsy procedures to spot sentinel lymph nodes for surgical excision.
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) professor of surgery Michael Alvarado, the principal investigator of the US Magtrace trial, said: “We’ve been watching this technology become established in Europe over the past few years, and have been eagerly awaiting its availability in the US.
“After 18 months of using Endomag’s Sentimag platform with their Magseed marker for lesion localization, we’re really excited to add the sentinel node biopsy capability with Magtrace. Being able to carry out both seed localization and sentinel node biopsy in one box made this the only option for us. Magtrace and Magseed not only help to reduce the hospital staff and patients from exposure to radioactivity, they also offer us flexibility and so many more options when deciding on how to approach our breast cancer patients.”
The gathering of the Magtrace in these nodes helps surgeons to precisely mark them for excision, leaving other nodes in the region intact. This is imperative for labeling the tumor stage and selecting the best treatment protocol for the patient.
The device is a dual-tracer including a magnetic fluid with iron oxide particles that deliberate the most probable route of cancer cells when they metastasize throughout the body. The fluid can either be injected during the surgery or up to a week before surgery as the trace is minute enough to travel swiftly through breast tissue but large enough to be filtered via the earliest draining of sentinel lymph nodes.By Ddu
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