SAVI SCOUT® Wire-free Tumor Localization
Patient-friendly, wire-free tumor localization eliminates the need for wire localization before lumpectomy. This new technology ensures an easier, more comfortable experience for women.
Traditionally, lumpectomy procedures involve wire localization — inserting a wire into the breast on the day of surgery. For many women, this leads to discomfort, increased anxiety, and reduced satisfaction.
Instead of wires, the called SAVI SCOUT® system at Silver Cross uses a small reflector, the size of a grain of rice, which is placed into the breast up to a month before surgery.
“Undergoing a separate wire localization procedure the same day as the breast surgery can make a patient even more anxious,” explains Dr. Laura Ragauskaite, Medical Director of the Silver Cross Breast Center.
Using the system — which detects the reflector using its unique radar signal — surgeons can precisely target the affected tissue to pinpoint its location without the help of a wire localization in the setting of a lumpectomy for some patients.
“The surgeon scans the breast using the SCOUT Guide to lock on to the reflector’s position,” Dr. Ragauskaite added.
This allows surgeons to find and remove cancerous cells – instead of healthy breast tissue – and may help patients get important treatments like chemotherapy and radiation faster.
This technology is also FDA approved for lifetime implantation, which means there are no restrictions on the length of time the reflector can remain in the breast. It is not externally visible and does not restrict daily activities. Best of all, the tiny reflector can be placed by a radiologist up to 30 days before breast surgery, which means no extra waiting the morning of surgery.
How SCOUT® Wire-free radar localization Works