The Sentimag magnetic platform uses a highly sensitive reusable console and probe to accurately pinpoint proprietary magnetic seeds and magnetic tracers. These novel technologies are creating more possibilities for surgeons to perform breast conservation procedures.
Surgeons need ways to pinpoint the sentinel nodes, as well as primary tumors that may be too small to be palpable, during surgery to avoid cutting out more tissue than is needed. Current techniques to make the sentinel nodes visible involve radioactive and blue dyes. Radioactive seeds that are detected with a gamma probe can be used to locate primary tumors. But handling radioactive materials comes with its own set of concerns. Stringent regulations, special staff training requirements, and issues with segregating the waste from the operating room can make it difficult to use. Radioactive materials are also limited in their availability, can cause scheduling delays, and can be uncomfortable or painful for patients, according to Endomag.