Intravital microscopy (ivm) in human solid tumors:novel protocol to examine tumor-associated vessels

Denslow Allerton Trumbull, Riccardo Lemini, Sanjay P. Bagaria, Enrique F. Elli, Dorin T. Colibaseanu, Michael B. Wallace, Emmanuel Gabriel

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Background: Intravital microscopy (IVM) allows the real-time, direct visualization of microscopic blood vessels. This pilot clinical trial will elucidate the physical and functional characteristics of vessels associated with solid tumors. Objective: The main objective of this study is to determine the feasibility of performing IVM in patients with solid tumors during the standard course of surgical resection. IVM will also be performed when vasopressors or fluid boluses are administered during the standard course of the operation. Methods: This is an open-label, nonrandomized, single-center, pilot study of IVM observation in subjects with solid tumors undergoing surgical resection. Results: This study was active on January 1, 2019 (NCT03823144) and funded by the Mayo Clinic Florida Cancer Focused Research Team Award. As of September 27, 2020, we had enrolled 20 patients. Accrual period is expected to end by December 31, 2021. Conclusions: This trial will support the development of interventions to improve patient treatment by extending the application of IVM to the tumor microenvironment. IVM observations during volume and pressor management at the time of surgery may aid in the development of strategies to augment responses to systemic treatments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere15677
JournalJMIR Research Protocols
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 9 2020


  • Intravital microscopy
  • Microvasculature
  • Solid tumors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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