SAVI SCOUT, a new technology revolutionizing breast cancer lumpectomies, uses radar rather than a wire
to detect breast cancer tissue.
The alternative to Scout is wire localization—inserting a wire into the breast to locate the target tissue. With
this approach, the wire might move between insertion and surgery, resulting in re-excisions and an
undesirable cosmetic result. The wire itself can cause discomfort, too. And with the wire, patients must
undergo two procedures—wire insertion and surgery—on the same day. With SCOUT, the patient
undergoes only one procedure at a time several days or even weeks apart.
“There are many potential benefits to using SCOUT; chief among them is the ability to more precisely locate
cancerouse tissue,” said Dr. Brian McKinley, a surgical oncologist with Greenville Health System. “Research
has shown that this level of precision increases the probability of complete cancer removal and reduces the
need for follow-up surgeries.”
SCOUT is the world’s only non-radioactive, wire-free breast localization system. With SCOUT, the
radiologist carefully places a tiny, highly sophisticated reflector at the tumor site up to 30 days before
surgery. During surgery, the surgeon scans the breast using the SCOUT guide, which emits infrared light and
a radar signal to detect the reflector’s location. Real-time audible and visual indicators assist the surgeon in
accurately finding the reflector along with the target tissue.
Nearly 253,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year, according to the American
Cancer Society. And more than 40,000 women will die of the disease, which is the second-leading cause of
cancer death in women behind lung cancer, the society reports.
For more information or to refer a patient, call (864) 454-2224.