Characterization and Evaluation of Injectable Biodegradable Polymer Multimodality Radiologic Markers in an In Vivo Murine Model

Eliel Ben-David, Abraham J. Domb, Haixing Liao, Awanish Kumar, Issac Nissenbaum, Matthias Stechele, Peter Siman, Natalie Greenbaum, Naama Lev Cohain, S. Nahum Goldberg

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Biodegradable polymer clips as multidimensional soft tissue biopsy markers were developed with better biocompatibility and imaging features. Unlike the commercially available metallic biopsy markers, the developed polymer clips are temporary implants with similar efficacies as metal markers in imaging and detection and get absorbed within the body with time. Herein, we evaluate the degradation rate of three resorbable polymer-based marker compounds in an in vivo murine model. Three polymers, abbreviated as Polymer A (PLGA poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)50:50), Polymer B (PLGA (poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)) 75:25), and Polymer C (polycaprolactone (PCL)), mixed with 20% lipiodol and 0.2% iron oxide and a control polymer were implanted into nine mice, followed by CT and MRI imaging. Images were evaluated for conspicuity. Specimens were examined for tissue analysis of iodine and iron contents. Significant differences in polymer resorption and visualization on CT were noted, particularly at 8 weeks (p < 0.027). Polymers A, B, and C were visible by CT at 4, 6, and 8 weeks, respectively. All marker locations were detected on MRI (T1 and SWI) after 24 weeks, with tattooing of the surrounding soft tissue by iron deposits. CT and MR visible polymer markers can be constructed to possess variable resorption, with stability ranging between 4 and 14 weeks post placement, making this approach suitable for distinct clinical scenarios with varying time points.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1672-1679
Number of pages8
Issue number4
StatePublished - 11 Apr 2022
Externally publishedYes

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