SAVI SCOUT® BREAST LOCALIZATION AND SURGICAL GUIDANCE SYSTEM

St. Vincent is the first in Indiana to offer breast surgery patients the SAVI SCOUT® breast localization and surgical guidance system. The goal of breast-conserving surgery is to remove all detectable cancer cells. SCOUT is designed for use by surgeons and radiologists to precisely locate and guide the removal of a tumor during a lumpectomy or surgical biopsy procedure, making breast cancer surgery easier for women.

The FDA-cleared SCOUT system features micro-impulse radar to detect a reflector that is placed at the tumor site up to 30 days before a lumpectomy or surgical biopsy. During the procedure, the surgeon scans the breast using the SCOUT handpiece, which emits infrared light and a micro-impulse signal to detect the location of the reflector.

Real-time audible and visual indicators assist the surgeon in accurately locating the reflector, along with the target tissue. This higher level of localization precision allows the surgeon to plan a surgical approach resulting in less tissue being removed during surgery, increasing the potential for better cosmetic outcomes.

The ability to precisely locate a tumor enables surgeons to increase the probability of complete cancer removal and reduce the likelihood of needing follow-up surgeries – a huge advantage for breast cancer patients.

WHAT IS THE SAVI SCOUT BREAST LOCALIZATION AND SURGICAL GUIDANCE SYSTEM?

SCOUT® is an FDA cleared medical device that uses radar technology to help your surgeon locate and remove target tissue during surgery.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The standard way to locate a non-palpable (cannot be felt by your doctor) lump for surgical removal is to use a wire with a hook on the end. This is known as wire localization. SCOUT uses a small device called a reflector that is placed into the lump. The system then uses radar waves (safe and non-radioactive) to detect the location of the reflector within the breast. The system allows your doctor to locate and remove both the lump and the reflector during surgery.

WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF SCOUT COMPARED TO WIRE LOCALIZATION?

  • May provide more accurate localization of lump for removal
  • May minimize waiting time on morning of surgery
  • Reflector is not externally visible after placement, in contrast to wire localization, where the wire protrudes from the breast

HOW AND WHEN IS THE REFLECTOR PLACED?

Up to 30 days before your scheduled surgery, you will have the reflector placement procedure. During the procedure, your physician will

  • Confirm the location of the lump using imaging (mammography or ultrasound)
  • Use a local anesthetic to numb the targeted area of your breast
  • Introduce the reflector through a small needle under image guidance
  • Confirm the placement of the reflector using the SCOUT system

WHAT HAPPENS DURING SURGERY?

During surgery, your surgeon will use the SCOUT system to detect the location of the reflector. SCOUT will provide information to help your surgeon locate and remove both the lump and the reflector. For more information about SCOUT or other technologies available at St. Vincent, visit stvincent.org/taketime4u