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Fluorescence imaging to study cancer burden on lymph nodes
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Paper Abstract

Morbidity and complexity involved in lymph node staging via surgical resection and biopsy calls for staging techniques that are less invasive. While visible blue dyes are commonly used in locating sentinel lymph nodes, since they follow tumor-draining lymphatic vessels, they do not provide a metric to evaluate presence of cancer. An area of active research is to use fluorescent dyes to assess tumor burden of sentinel and secondary lymph nodes. The goal of this work was to successfully deploy and test an intra-nodal cancer-cell injection model to enable planar fluorescence imaging of a clinically relevant blue dye, specifically methylene blue along with a cancer targeting tracer, Affibody labeled with IRDYE800CW and subsequently segregate tumor-bearing from normal lymph nodes. This direct-injection based tumor model was employed in athymic rats (6 normal, 4 controls, 6 cancer-bearing), where luciferase-expressing breast cancer cells were injected into axillary lymph nodes. Tumor presence in nodes was confirmed by bioluminescence imaging before and after fluorescence imaging. Lymphatic uptake from the injection site (intradermal on forepaw) to lymph node was imaged at approximately 2 frames/minute. Large variability was observed within each cohort.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 March 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9417, Medical Imaging 2015: Biomedical Applications in Molecular, Structural, and Functional Imaging, 941713 (17 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2076620
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Alisha V. D'Souza, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth (United States)
Jonathan T. Elliott, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth (United States)
Jason R. Gunn, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth (United States)
Kimberley S. Samkoe, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth (United States)
Geisel School of Medicine (United States)
Kenneth M. Tichauer, Illinois Institute of Technology (United States)
Brian W. Pogue, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth (United States)
Geisel School of Medicine (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9417:
Medical Imaging 2015: Biomedical Applications in Molecular, Structural, and Functional Imaging
Barjor Gimi; Robert C. Molthen, Editor(s)

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