SAVI SCOUT Radar Localization for Breast Cancer – Reston Hospital Center

SAVI SCOUT Radar Localization for Breast Cancer – Reston Hospital Center


(techno music) – [Interviewer] Applying
proven technologies in the OR is making difficult procedures
easier for more patients. (techno music) – [Interviewer] You’re going
to tell me about amazing new technology Savi Scout. Tell me more. – So basically what it
is, it’s employing very old technology, namely radar and applying it in a new way. – [Interviewer] And that
new way is locating lesions in the breast while
treating breast cancer. Dr. Ziyad Haddad is a radiologist at Reston Hospital Center. He uses this reflector up to
30 days before a lumpectomy. That’s the procedure
where the cancerous part of the breast, also
called a lesion is removed before it can spread. This is the alternative to
removing the breast altogether. – We’re putting this small
reflector in the breast within the lesion and then up to 30 days later, the patient can have the surgery and the surgeon uses a
probe to localize this reflector in the operating room. – So the radiologists
are really important. They try to get it as close
to the lesion as possible. This small device is placed under either mammographic or ultrasound
guidance into the breast near the lesion. And then in the operating
room, I have a small probe that is an infrared detector and what happens is as
I place it on the tissue over top of the lesion
where the reflector is, I can hear it and I
can see numbers change. – [Interviewer] And this
is how breast surgeons like Dr. Elizabeth Feldman
can figure out exactly where the lesion is. This procedure offers
two distinct advantages. First this part of the
lumpectomy is going wireless. – So in the old days,
there’s literally a wire hanging out of the patient’s breast. – Correct. Like a little antenna, in a way. Whereas before for decades
we’ve been actually putting very thin wires into the breast through the lesion and then the breast
surgeon kind of follows the wire to the lesion the day of surgery. In this case we’re putting
this small reflector in the breast within the lesion and then up to 30 days later, the patient can have the surgery and the surgeon uses a probe to localize this reflector in the operating room. (upbeat music) – [Interviewer] This brings
us to the second advantage of the Savi Scout system. The early placement of the
radiation-free reflector makes the actual day of the
operation less stressful. Another example of the
less is more approach. – [Dr. Feldman] You know if
this can be put in a week before surgery, there is a
chance I can even do their surgery first thing in the morning, rather than having the wire done on the day of surgery and then delaying their case to later in the afternoon, less fasting, less time to be anxious, they get out of the hospital sooner, since it’s mostly outpatient surgery, home in their house eating lunch or afternoon snack with
their family recovering. So that’s definitely
more optimal than what we’ve been doing. (upbeat music)

2 comments

  1. They used this on me Monday it’s Friday I’m still in pain but they stuck me to far and I had it done at 8am than at 10 am that same day they took it out I pray I’m ok

  2. Had this done today. It was a little less than pleasant to say the least. However- it is supposedly a superior procedure to the old “wire placement” of yesteryear. Surgery in a week. Fingers crossed. We’ll see how it goes !!

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