New technology for breast cancer patients

UR Medicine Thompson Health’s Breast Imaging Center and Breast Surgery program are among the first in the region to offer Savi Scout radar location technology for the treatment of women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer.

The technology makes lumpectomies easier for patients and their surgeons by localizing tumors prior to surgery. Surgeons can address the abnormality directly during the operation and then remove the entire tumor more precisely and effectively.

With traditional wire localization of a tumor, a wire often protrudes from the breast several hours before the operation. Savi Scout uses a reflector that is roughly the size of a grain of rice. It can be introduced into the tumor up to 30 days before surgery. It is not externally visible and its placement does not restrict movement.

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