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Near-Infrared Fluorescent Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping for Breast Cancer

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
John V. Frangioni, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Identifier:
First received: July 18, 2008
Last updated: February 14, 2013
Last verified: February 2013
Sentinel lymph node (SLN) mapping is the standard of care for the surgical staging of breast cancer. We propose a method of SLN mapping based on the use of invisible near-infrared fluorescent light that has significant advantages for both patient and surgeon. The present study is a 6-patient pilot study designed to optimize clinical workflow with the new imaging system.

Condition Intervention Phase
Breast Cancer Device: NIR imaging system Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Official Title: Near-Infrared Fluorescent Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping for Breast Cancer

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Further study details as provided by John V. Frangioni, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Ergonomics and function of the imaging system - verify that the imaging system does not interfere with Sentinel Lymph Node mapping procedure and can be used safely by the surgeon. [ Time Frame: Typical 1 hour clinical procedure ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Identify sentinel lymph nodes [ Time Frame: 1 hour ]

Enrollment: 12
Study Start Date: July 2008
Study Completion Date: January 2011
Primary Completion Date: January 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
Patients imaged using ICG:HSA and NIR imaging system
Device: NIR imaging system
Optical imaging parameter optimization (field-of-view, NIR excitation fluence rate, camera integration time) and system ergonomics.

Detailed Description:

The standard of care in breast cancer surgery includes identification and assessment of the sentinel lymph node (SLN). At the present time, SLN mapping utilizes a gamma ray-emitting radiotracer and/or a blue dye. Radiotracers provide sensitive detection of SLNs, but require involvement of a nuclear medicine physician, vary widely in transit time depending on the agent employed, can be difficult to localize with a handheld gamma probe, and expose both patient and caregivers to ionizing radiation. Blue dyes, such as isosulfan blue, cannot be seen easily through skin and fat, but can aid in definitive identification of the SLN when the handheld gamma probe gives ambiguous results. Finally, the learning curve associated with expertise in the SLN procedure is quite long using currently available techniques.

In this 12-patient pilot study, we are testing a new intraoperative imaging system that we developed for image-guided surgery. The imaging system uses invisible, near-infrared (NIR) light to visualize lymphatic flow and to identify the SLN. The imaging system makes no contact with the patient and can display surgical anatomy simultaneously with NIR fluorescence.

All patients will receive the standard of care for SLN mapping, namely technetium-99m sulfur colloid lymphoscintigraphy. In addition, patients will be injected with indocyanine green (ICG) diluted in human serum albumin (HSA). ICG is already FDA approved for other indications and is used in this study at 400-fold to 2000-fold lower than the typical clinical dose. Dilution into HSA improves the brightness of ICG by over 3-fold, making it an excellent tracer for lymphatic flow.

The purpose of this pilot study is to determine whether the ergonomics of the imaging system interfere with typical clinical workflow during breast cancer surgery. A secondary goal is to optimize the imaging parameters (light levels, exposure time, etc.) associated with identification of the SLN.


Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Women or men above the age of 21 who have biopsy-proven breast cancer, and who are undergoing sentinel lymph node mapping for staging and treatment of their disease.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant women,
  • Significant renal, cardiac, or pulmonary disease,
  • History of iodine allergy.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00721370

United States, Massachusetts
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02215
Sponsors and Collaborators
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Principal Investigator: John V Frangioni, MD, PhD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
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Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: John V. Frangioni, Principal Investigator, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Identifier: NCT00721370     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2007P-000431
Study First Received: July 18, 2008
Last Updated: February 14, 2013

Keywords provided by John V. Frangioni, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
sentinel lymph node mapping
breast cancer
near infrared imaging

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
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