Frequently Asked Questions
What is the SAVI SCOUT ® radar localization system?
The SCOUT ®radar localization system is designed for use by surgeons and radiologists to locate and guide the removal of a tumor during a lumpectomy or surgical biopsy procedure.
How does SCOUT work?
The SCOUT system features a-reflector that is placed at the tumor site up to 30 days before a lumpectomy or surgical biopsy. During the procedure, the surgeon scans the breast using the SCOUT guide, which emits infrared light and a radar signal to detect
the location of the reflector. Real-time audible and visual indicators assist the surgeon in accurately locating the reflector, along with the target tissue. This technology is designed to allow the surgeon to plan a surgical approach that may result
in a better cosmetic outcome.
When do surgeons use the SCOUT radar localization system?
SCOUT is designed for use with breast lumpectomy or excisional biopsy procedures in when the tumor is not palpable, i.e., able to be felt by the hand.
Is the SCOUT radar localization system FDA-cleared?
Why is precise tumor localization so important?
The goal of breast-conserving surgery is to remove all detectable cancer cells. Precision in locating a tumor may increase the probability of complete cancer removal, which can reduce a woman’s chances of needing a second surgery and help breast
surgeons and other breast care specialists reduce re-excision rates. If tumors are located accurately the first time, patients are likely to receive additional critical treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation, faster.
Is it necessary to use wire localization in addition to SCOUT?
No. SCOUT is an alternative to wire localization, and therefore eliminates the drawbacks of wire localization.
How does SCOUT compare to wire localization?
SCOUT was developed to make breast cancer surgery easier for women and more efficient for the healthcare system. For example, a radiologist can place the SCOUT reflector in the target tissue up to 30 days before surgery, effectively decoupling the radiology
and surgical schedules. This important benefit has the potential to reduce surgical delays and optimize surgical planning and may result in more patients receiving care faster.