Renata Madru1, Thuy Tran2, Adnan Bibic3, Sarah Fredriksson4, Freddy Sthlberg5, Linda Knutsson5, Sven-Erik Strand5
1Medical Radiation Physics, Lunds University, Lund, Sweden; 2Lund University BioImaging Centrum, Lund University, Lund, Skane, Sweden; 3Lund University BioImaging Centrum, Lund University, Lund, Sweden; 4Genovis AB, Lund, Sweden; 5Medical Radiation Physics, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
The purpose of this study was to develop a new PET/MRI probe to improve the current sentinel lymph node technique used for diagnostic and staging of breast cancer and malignant melanoma. Here we demonstrate the feasibility of labeling the synthetized SPIONs with the generator produced Ga-68 and accumulation of the 68Ga-SPIONs in lymph nodes after subcutanious injection in rats, verified by PET and MRI. The results are encouraging for future clinical applications adding important pre-operative information which may lead to new therapeutic strategies.