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Breast Tissue Markers used in conjunction with Breast Biopsy

Many medical conditions, including all cases of cancer, must be diagnosed by removing a sample of tissue from the patient and sending it to a pathologist for examination. This procedure is called a biopsy.

Biopsies can be used for diagnostic, prognostic and treatment planning purposes. 

After removing the tissue samples, the doctor may leave a tiny marker, made of surgical-grade materials, to identify the biopsy site. The tissue marker is visible under various biopsy devices (ultrasound, MRI, etc.) and points out the exact location of the biopsy site so that a doctor can find it again easily, if necessary. Breast tissue markers are also used to monitor a site to confirm tumor shrinkage and final excision of the cancerous tissue.  

BiomarC Tissue Markers provide many clinical benefits when used in conjunction with breast biopsy procedures. The small size allows for accurate placement and the proprietary pyrolytic carbon coating of the BiomarC Tissue Marker delivers great visibility to ensure the biopsy site can be confidently identified by your doctor.

Breast Tissue Markers

Fiducial Markers used in conjunction with Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy or radiotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. The form of radiation used in cancer therapy is a high-energy type known as ionizing radiation that breaks up the DNA of cancer cells in a way that disrupts their growth and can even kill them. It can be used in conjunction with other cancer treatments, most commonly along with chemotherapy.

Radiation therapy may be the main treatment or may be used to assist another treatment like chemotherapy. Radiation therapy may be used to shrink the cancer before or after surgery, and also to stop the growth of any remaining cancer cells. Major objectives of radiation therapy are: 

  • Cure: Some cancers can be cured by radiation therapy alone or combined with other treatments
  • Control: Control some cancers by making them smaller or stopping them from spreading
  • Help other treatments: Can be used before or after other treatments to make them more effective
  • Relieve symptoms: If cure is not possible, radiation therapy may be used to reduce cancer symptoms and improve a patient’s quality of life

Types of Radiation Therapy:

  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
  • Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
  • Stereotactic Radiotherapy (SRS)

Fiducial markers help pinpoint the tumor’s location with greater accuracy allowing the treatment team to deliver the maximum radiation dose to the tumor while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue. The ability to apply radiation with greater precision ultimately results in improved patient outcomes. Fiducial markers are used for cancers such as prostate, breast, lung, liver, pancreatic, and esophageal.

BiomarC Fiducial Markers are specifically designed to assist your treatment team in achieving best results. The unique imaging characteristics of BiomarC Fiducial Markers provide excellent visualization under multiple imaging modalities to allow for the planning and delivery of the maximum radiation dose only to the targeted site.

Implantable Fiducial Markers

Injectable Bulking Agents as a treatment choice for Stress Urinary Incontinence

Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) is when urine leaks out with sudden pressure on the bladder and urethra, causing the sphincter muscles to open briefly.  The pressure (stress) on the bladder may be the result of a physical movement or activity such as exercise, sneezing, laughing or coughing. 

An alternative cause of SUI is the weakening or weakness of the urethral sphincter; this is known as Intrinsic Sphincter Deficiency (ISD).  When a urethral sphincter is weak, it may be difficult to control the flow of urine out of the body when pressure (stress) on the bladder occurs. This is much more common in women than in men. 

Stress incontinence is different from urgency incontinence and overactive bladder (OAB). If you have urgency incontinence or OAB, your bladder muscle contracts, causing a sudden urge to urinate before you can reach a bathroom. 

One minimally invasive treatment option is the use of a bulking agent placed around the bladder neck that helps the muscles hold back urine. The added bulk allows the bladder neck to close enough to help stop urine from leaking. When you decide to empty your bladder, the opening from the bladder into the urethra expands, allowing urine to pass through. 

For SUI, there are non-surgical treatment options such as bladder training, pelvic floor exercises and dietary modifications or there are operations that are more invasive.

Durasphere Injectable Bulking Agent provides patients with a low-risk, minimally invasive, and trustworthy solution to SUI, particularly for patients with ISD. The biocompatible beads and water-based gel carrier in Durasphere provide added bulk to tissue around the neck of the bladder, closing the neck, and allowing for greater control over Stress Urinary Incontinence.

Injectable Bulking Agents

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