Easier, More Precise Breast Surgery with Radar Location System

Most women with early-breast stage cancers choose to have breast conserving surgery, rather than a full removal of the breast (mastectomy). During this type of surgery, the team is concerned first with removing all the tumor and next with conserving as much healthy breast tissue as possible. The surgeons at Rose are now achieving this in an easier, more convenient way using the SCOUT ®wire-free radar localization system. This option that provides a safe, effective surgery with many benefits to the surgeon and patient.

How is radar localization different than wire localization?

With tradition wire localization, patients first undergo a procedure to place a wire that marks the location of the tumor for the surgeon to visualize during surgery. During this procedure, a hooked wire is inserted into the breast, marking the location of the tumor. The wire is left partially exposed outside the breast. To prevent accidental displacement, it is typically placed the same day as the surgery and patients must restrict movement. During surgery that follows, the team uses the wire to find the tumor and then remove it.

With radar localization, a tiny device the size of a grain of rice is placed into the tumor using imaging (mammography or ultrasound) guided needle placement. Patients will not feel the reflector and can resume normal activity. It doesn’t do anything until it is activated in the operating room, when the surgeon uses safe, non-radioactive radar waves to locate and remove the tumor and reflector. 

What are the advantages of radar localization?

This system is a zero-radiation, wire-free solution for guiding the removal of tumors during breast surgery. Benefits include:

  • The ability to place the reflector on a separate day, increasing convenience and lessening anxiety
  • Not externally visible after placement and will not restrict daily activities
  • May minimize wait time on the day of surgery
  • Provides guidance for precise tumor localization, which helps increase the likelihood of complete tumor removal and helps reduce the chances for a second surgery
  • The surgeon can plan the incision during surgery, which may allow for less tissue removal and thus better cosmetic results

Who is a candidate for surgery with SCOUT®?

Qualification depends on the patient’s medical history, tumor size and location and breast shape and size. Talk to your surgeon about this option.