Lung Marker System
Safe localization of pulmonary nodules
Precise localization of pulmonary nodules reduces the risk of conversion in VATS procedures
Secure and stable marking reduces the risk of complications
Lung Marker can be pulled back into the cannula and released again
Lung Marker System
Reduced risk of conversion in VATS procedures
The Lung Marker System is used for the preoperative marking of smaller, non-palpable intrapulmonary nodules. We have developed the localization wire specifically for use in surgical video-assisted thoracoscopic procedures (VATS) such as VATS lobectomies. Accurate localization of the nodule is a decisive factor in conducting successful VATS procedures.
In VATS procedures, smaller and non-superficial nodules are often difficult to find. The SOMATEX Lung Marker enables the safe and precise marking of such pulmonary nodules. The risk of conversion from a VATS procedure to an open thoracotomy due to inaccurate or erroneous marking is reduced.
- 18 G puncture cannula with stylet
- Spiral wire for secure anchoring in tissue
- Stable marking – cannot fade unlike dye marking
- Marking with pinpoint accuracy – no unintended marking of surrounding tissue, as can be the case when using dye marking
- Lung Marker is correctable
Comparison of clinical results for the SOMATEX® Lung Marker System against other localization techniques (especially hook wires)
In contrast to other common lung marking techniques, the Lung Marker System has been designed for use in surgical video-assisted thoracoscopic procedures (VATS). A comparison of clinical results with the Lung Marker System against those of other localization techniques shows significantly lower complication rates .
*Source: Partik et al., Using a dedicated Lung-Marker System for localization of pulmonary nodules before thoracoscopic surgery, AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2003; 180: 805-809.
1Clinical results in the literature between 6.9% and 35.3%
2Clinical results in the literature between 6.0% and 60.0%
Lung Marker System conversion rate due to incorrect marking
3Torre et al., Chest 2004; 125: 2289-2293.
4Eichfeld et al., Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2005; 79: 313-317.
5Hänninen et al., Acta Radiol. 2004; 45: 284-288.
Dislocation rate of SOMATEX® Lung Marker System
6Hirschburger et al., Thorac. Cardiov. Surg. 2008; 56: 106-109.
7Schulze et al., Fortschr Röntgenstr 2012; 184: 535-541.
8Hänninen et al., Acta Radiol. 2004; 45: 284-288.
9Partik et al., AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2003; 180: 805-809.