Alternative Treatment Option for Patients with Breast Cancer

Nov 5, 2015

SAVI SCOUT Console and Handpiece Image

West Palm Beach, Fla. (November 5, 2015) Good Samaritan Medical Center acquires the SAVI SCOUT Surgical Guidance System as a treatment option for tumor localization during breast cancer procedures, including lumpectomy and excisional biopsy. The system has the potential to reduce surgical delays, improve patient satisfaction and optimize surgical planning.

The SAVI SCOUT system consists of a reflector, which is an electromagnetic wave reflective device, a handpiece and a console. Seven days prior to surgery, the physician will place the reflector in the breast tissue that is targeted for removal. On the day of surgery, using real-time audible and visual indicators, the handpiece and console will help the surgeon precisely locate and remove the micro reflector and targeted lump tissue.

“Unlike traditional methods, the SAVI SCOUT surgical guidance system uses no radiation and no wires,” said Dr. John Rimmer, a breast surgeon on the medical staff at Good Samaritan Medical Center. “This system may offer several advantages to our breast cancer patients including added comfort during the procedure, easier localization of the breast tumor and enhanced surgical success of targeted tumors.”

The SAVI system is designed to offer several benefits when compared to traditional methods like wire localization. Wire localization includes placing a hollow needle into the area of concern and feeding a fine wire through the center of the needle. The needle is then removed and the surgeon uses the path of the wire to find the lump. With wire localization, the wire is left outside of the breast, but with the SAVI SCOUT system, the reflector is not externally visible. SAVI may also provide more accurate localization of the lump for removal and is designed to minimize wait time on the morning of surgery.

“With this leading-edge treatment option, along with our Comprehensive Breast Center’s advanced screening and diagnostic methods, Good Samaritan Medical Center remains committed to the fight against breast cancer,” added CEO Mark Nosacka.

The Comprehensive Breast Center at Good Samaritan Medical Center offers a revolutionary screening and diagnostic breast imaging tool called 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis). Used in conjunction with standard 2D mammography, there is a 40 percent higher invasive cancer detection rate than when using conventional 2D mammography alone.

To schedule a mammogram, call Good Samaritan’s Breast Center at 561-650-6023. To learn more about breast cancer and alternative treatment options offered at the hospital, visit's-health/comprehensive-breast-center.

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