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A surgical guidance system brings more comfort and convenience to breast cancer surgery

“Breast cancer surgery or biopsy can be physically and emotionally distressing for women,” says Karen Kostroff, MD, chief of breast surgery at Northwell Health. Adding to the stress, women needed to arrive several hours before their operation to have physicians thread a wire into their breast.

SAVI SCOUT® eliminates the waiting time and the discomfort.

Using technology to improve the patient’s experience

SAVI SCOUT uses a tiny device, or reflector, to accurately target diseased breast tissue before surgery. A radiologist — using local anesthetic and a needle — inserts it into the area of breast tissue or tumor that needs to be removed. Women can have the device inserted at an outpatient location at a time convenient for them — long before surgery. Later in the operating room, a surgeon uses a special wand to detect the device’s radar signals to locate the tumor for removal. 

Breast surgeons and radiologists at the Northwell Health Cancer Institute were the first on Long Island to use the new system. “We continually strive to offer the latest technology and improve our patients’ comfort and overall experience,” says Dr. Kostroff. “The SCOUT resolves one of the most difficult aspects of breast conservation surgery by eliminating the need to place a wire inside the breast tissue to locate a tumor.”

quotation mark The SCOUT resolves one of the most difficult aspects of breast conservation surgery by eliminating the need to place a wire inside the breast tissue to locate a tumor.
Dr. Karen Kostroff

Expanding the use of SAVI SCOUT across Long Island

“Our program using the SCOUT technology has been incredibly successful, and the health system has made wire-free, radar localization our new standard of care for breast tumor localization,” says Nina Vincoff, MD, chief of breast imaging at Northwell Health. “Thanks to generous donations, we were able to vastly expand our program.”

Northwell Health has more SCOUT devices in use than any other health system in the country and offers state-of-the-art breast procedures at 16 hospitals, surgical locations and outpatient radiology facilities on Long Island.

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