How New Technology Makes Locating Tumors Simpler Than Ever

Breast cancer surgery is a life-changing experience filled with anxiety and nervousness. For many patients, any additional stress while undergoing this procedure can become overwhelming and hazardous to their health. The SAVI Scout system attempts to relieve some unnecessary anxiety by simplifying the tumor location process for a smoother surgery day.

The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center aims to improve hospital efficiency and reduce the anxiety of patients as one of the leading health care facilities to use the SAVI Scout system.The SAVI Scout system helps effectively locate non-palpable breast lesions and improves the removal process. This system consists of a medical device that uses non-radioactive electromagnetic wave technology to display lesions in the breast.


This innovative system simplifies pre-surgical tumor scouting, which aids surgeons with accurately pinpointing tumors in the breast prior to surgery. On operation day, this is helpful with locating the tumor quickly, planning the surgical procedure and confirming the tissue designated for removal.

How It Works

Unlike older systems that require radiation or wires to locate lesions, the SAVI Scout places a tiny staple-sized device known as a reflector into the targeted tissue up to one week before surgery. This saves time on operation day and eliminates the anxiety of seeing exposed wires protrude from under the skin, as was common with older procedures.

According to Wave 3, the SAVI Scout system uses a handheld scope with radar technology in the location process. The radar guides the surgeon with beeps to the precise location of targeted breast tissue during a biopsy or lumpectomy procedure. The handheld device uses electromagnetic waves and infrared light to find the reflector, which helps in planning the incision. The process uses audible and visual feedback created by the console to remove the reflector.


Disadvantages of Older Procedures

The Cancer Network suggests the primary disadvantage of the old wire technique revolves around the need to perform localization and surgery on the same day. Performing both processes on the same day increases the probability of displaced wires, which reduces tumor localization. More importantly, this procedure requires radioactive materials and increases the chances of significant tearing in the breast tissue.

The radioactive seed technique is an older localization method that loads a titanium seed into a needle. A sonogram or mammogram locates the lesion, and up to 5 days later a probe highlights the lesion. As a result of the seed resting inside the breast, localization accuracy is lower, and movement of the seed increases during excision.

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SAVI Scout Saves Time

Biz Journals states the SAVI Scout system improves the ability of the health care facility to move patients through surgery day with minimal downtime. Rather than undergoing multiple procedures in one day, this system allows the patient to transition effortlessly into surgery on operation day. Additionally, the increased efficiency of the system outweighs any minor additional costs associated with daily operation of the system.

Moreover, doctors can implant the SAVI system inside the patient up to one week before surgery, which allows the patient to enter the facility on operation day and go directly from check-in to surgery. This seamless process eliminates the delays caused by older procedures and improves scheduling for the facility.Reducing anxiety associated with breast cancer surgery is beneficial to the health of the patient. The SAVI Scout system aims to reduce downtime of patients on operation day and eliminates any anxiety caused by radioactive materials or exposed wires. This innovative system offers an effective alternative to the wire technique and radioactive seeds. SAVI Scout uses a handheld scope and a reflector to accurately locate lesions in the breast.

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