Southcoast Health offering SAVI SCOUT reflector implant for more comfortable removal of breast lumps

The Southcoast Breast Care Center is now offering the SAVI SCOUT reflector implant for the removal of breast lumps.

SCOUT uses radar for a zero-radiation and wire-free solution designed to aid surgeons in locating target tissue during a lumpectomy.

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. There is also a risk that the wire could move resulting in re-excisions and a less than pleasing cosmetic result.

Instead of wires, a small reflector the size of a grain of rice is placed into the breast prior to the day of surgery. The SCOUT system detects the reflector using its unique radar signal.

Using SCOUT, surgeons can precisely target the affected tissue to pinpoint its location within 1mm, which can mean more successful surgeries, optimized breast conservation strategies, and enhanced outcomes for women.

To learn more about how Southcoast Health is using this technology, check out New technology at Southcoast assists in breast lump removal from the Herald News’ Deb Allard.