Making Breast Cancer Surgery Easier for Women
Desert Care Network’s Comprehensive Cancer Center has adopted the SCOUT® wire-free radar localization system used for breast-conserving surgeries. This new technology utilizes a radar system to locate tumors instead of wires that protrude from the breast. Using radar location, surgeons are able to precisely locate tumors while conserving breast tissue and eliminating the need for uncomfortable wires. In addition, the ability to strategically plan the incision may result in better cosmetic outcomes.
Out with the old technology…
Prior to SCOUT, the common approach for localizing breast tumors was wire localization. This method requires a radiologist to place a thin, hooked wire directly through the breast’s skin. The surgeon would then use the wire to locate the tumor for removal. This procedure is done on the day of surgery, but often the time between wire placement and surgery is several hours, meaning patients would have to sit with the wire protruding from their breast. Using SCOUT technology entirely eliminates the use of wire localization!
And in with the new!
The SCOUT Wire-Free Radar system uses a zero-radiation approach to localizing breast tumors, biopsy sites and lymph nodes. Using a unique radar signal to detect a tiny reflector—the size of a grain of rice—it can be placed any time during the course of treatment and at the patients’ convenience. During the surgical procedure, the surgeon scans the breast using the SCOUT Guide to precisely and efficiently locate the reflector.