Sentinel lymph node biopsy with Magtrace®

Sentinel lymph node biopsy

Performing a sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) to determine whether cancer cells have migrated requires reliable and accurate marking of the sentinel nodes. Not all lymph node mapping agents offer this.

Ensuring optimum cancer staging is available to all

Despite the advantages of SLNB over more invasive procedures such as axillary lymph node dissection (ALND), the conventional method involves injecting a radioactive tracer with blue dye, then localizing the lymph nodes using a gamma probe. This means that only hospitals with nuclear medicine are able to give patients the ‘gold standard’ of care.

With Magtrace®, there’s another way.

Radioiostopes may be considered ‘gold standard’, but they

  1. Limited supply
    Radioactive materials are made in just a handful of nuclear facilities worldwide, limiting access to this treatment around the world.
  2. Product decay
    Radioisotope decays so quickly that it has to be supplied to hospitals weekly. Patients must be injected close to surgery, putting a burden on hospital scheduling.
  3. Handling and costs
    Due to the costs of supply and handling of radioisotopes, often only patients located near to large specialist cancer centres can access the ‘gold standard’.

Don’t compromise on your lymphatic tracer for SLNB

The Magtrace® lymphatic tracer has proven to be effective in numerous clinical trials, involving more than 5,000 patients across Europe and North America.

Magtrace node marker in the hand

The tiny particles in the Magtrace® lymphatic tracer are able to quickly pass through the lymphatic system, following the same path a spreading cancer cell would take. The magnetic liquid works in as little as 20 minutes and is still detectable many days afterwardsÅ. This offers unrivalled flexibility for both physicians and patients, so injection can be timed to coincide with a planned hospital visit or when the patient is in the operating room. Magtrace® has now been used in over 65,000 patients, in more than 600 hospitals across upwards of 40 countries.

Why is Magtrace® the ideal tracer for SLNB?

1. Injection Flexibility ahead of surgery

Magtrace® offers unrivalled scheduling flexibility and can be injected weeks before surgery or under anesthesia in the OR. If injected days before surgery, Magtrace® has been noted to be less painful than radioactive isotope†.

2. Fast migration and sentinel node retention

Magtrace® moves rapidly through the lymphatic system. The 60nm particles are optimized to be mechanically filtered by the sentinel lymph nodes and not pass to higher-echelon nodes.

3. Accurate detection confirmation and removal

Magtrace® has a 99.3% detection rate, finds an average of 2.4 nodes per patient and is non-inferior to radioisotope and blue dye*. It also discolors the node, offering the additional benefit of visual backup.

Magtrace® is non-inferior to the current ‘gold standard’

The SentimagIC trial demonstrated Magtrace® to be non-inferior when compared to the blue dye and technetium dual tracer.

Magtrace® in clinical trials

  • 40 + clinical trials
  • 8,000+ patients in total
  • 100+ publications
  • 5 meta analyses

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