What is fiducial Marker?

the fiducial marker is a small object that is placed in or on the body to mark a part for radiation treatment or some sort of surgery. For instance, a small gold seed may be put into the prostate to mark a tumour in the particular body part, before the actual radiation therapy. This allows the doctors to give higher doses of radiation to the tumour with less harm to the side by healthy tissue. There are variety of markers available in the market like metal-based markers, polymer-based markers, gold-based markers and many such.

How fiducial marker procedure performed?

The placing of fiducial markers is generally performed as an outpatient procedure several days before treatment planning starts. Before the procedure begins the imaging is performed.

The operating staff will connect the patient with the monitors that keeps track about the heart rates, blood pressure, oxygen and pulse level.

After the basic procedure the doctor inserts an intravenous (IV) thin line or pipe into a vein of your hand or arm so that sedation or relaxation medication may be given intravenously during the procedure. Before that the patients are operated on mild sedative or antibiotics for the purpose of transrectal ultrasound.

The physician will numb the area with a anesthetic. This assist in burning or stinging before the area becomes numb. With the help of computed tomography (CT) or ultrasound (US) assistance, the needle is implanted through the skin and advanced to the site of the lesion and at least three markers are inserted in and around the tumor to establish a position for treatment. The type of imaging and number of markers usually depends on type of tumor being treated.

Once the marker placement is done, the needle is detached. Pressure is applied to block any bleeding and the slit in the skin is covered with a bandage. Additional images may be taken to confirm the placement of fiducial markers. 

Key factors driving the market for fiducial markers

  • Increasing Number of cancer cases
  • Advancing Reimbursement Scenario
  • Surging Awareness on Radiotherapy
  • Increasing Investments and Funding for Cancer Research

Final Words:

Increasing adoption of fiducial markers in order to target the exact location of a tumor while keeping healthy tissues intact has considerably increased their demand in the past years. With increasing prevalence of cancer, tumor, and other related diseases, fiducial markers have garnered high popularity. 

Fiducial Markers Market: 5.1% CAGR

Projected Revenue: 124.2 million from 2021 to 2027

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Published Date : March-2021