ALISO VIEJO, CA – (March 20, 2018) Cianna Medical, Inc., the world leader in wire-free breast localization, announced the availability of wire-free radar localization for women undergoing breast conserving surgery at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut. A nationally recognized community hospital that is part of Western Connecticut Health Network, Norwalk Hospital is using the SCOUT® Radar Localization System in place of wire localization during breast cancer surgery. This novel technology is available in over 230 hospitals nationwide and now for the first time in Connecticut.
SCOUT is the only wire-free breast localization system that uses radar to mark a lumpectomy or biopsy site, with no significant artifacts on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies. SCOUT is non-radioactive and non-magnetic, making it easy to use and providing unparalleled precision and accuracy.
Using SCOUT, surgeons can precisely target the affected tissue using its 360˚ detection capability to pinpoint its location within ±1mm, which can mean more successful surgeries, optimized breast conservation strategies and enhanced outcomes for women.
SCOUT is part of the comprehensive breast care program at Norwalk Hospital. The community hospital offers the latest advances in screening, diagnosis and treatment. Patients have access to exceptional clinical expertise from respected doctors, extensive support resources and a collaborative approach to care that is personalized.
“We want our patients to have excellent and compassionate care with the best outcomes. We’re glad we have this new technology to help deliver that care,” said Jeanne Capasse, MD, Norwalk Hospital.
The SCOUT System has been proven in over 28,000 procedures and has been shown to decrease patient discomfort, improve patient satisfaction, keep OR schedules on time by decoupling radiology and surgery schedules, reduce OR costs and increase operational efficiency.
“Norwalk Hospital is at the forefront of breast cancer care. We are excited to be able to offer a new, safe way to help make the day of a breast cancer procedure easier for our patients,” said Heather Frimmer, MD, Norwalk Hospital.
Melinda Hardy-Goff of Westport, Connecticut, chose Norwalk Hospital to help her fight her breast cancer because of the trust she has in the oncology program at the C. Anthony and Jean Whittingham Cancer Center. She observed what her grandmothers endured when they underwent breast cancer treatment many years ago. She was thankful to have a new technology available to her to help improve the delivery of care.
“I was lucky to have the opportunity to receive an advanced treatment. My experience was nothing compared to what my grandmothers went through. My care team helped me to feel confident as they walked me through each step of the procedure,” said Ms. Hardy-Goff. “Although I didn’t have the wire, I can imagine that my experience was so much more comfortable. I was nervous enough, and to think about a wire sticking out of my breast would have caused more worry.”
“At Cianna Medical, we are committed to increasing access to advanced techniques that help community hospitals ease the burden of breast cancer for women and their families,” said Jill Anderson, President and CEO of Cianna Medical. “We are excited to be a part of the quality, compassionate care hospitals like Norwalk provide to their patients.”
SCOUT has received significant recognition from medical societies and industry associations including, most recently, being honored as a Gold winner at the 2017 Medical Design Excellence Awards.
Visit NorwalkHospital.org to learn more about SCOUT as Norwalk Hospital.
About Cianna Medical, Inc.
Cianna Medical is the world leader in wire-free breast localization and has been focused on breast conservation for over 10 years. Cianna Medical develops, manufactures and markets innovative medical technologies that reduce costs, improve quality and reduce the anxiety and stress breast cancer treatments place on women and their families. Cianna Medical’s world-class research, development and commercialization teams developed the world’s first non-radioactive, non-magnetic wire-free breast localization system and the world’s only technology that utilizes radar in tissue. Cianna Medical is focused on expanding applications that continually advance patient care. Its SCOUT and SAVI® Brachy technologies are FDA-cleared and address unmet needs in the delivery of radiation therapy, tumor localization and surgical guidance. Please visit www.ciannamedical.com for more information.
About Norwalk Hospital
Through a pioneering collaboration with the world-renowned Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), Norwalk Hospital’s C. Anthony and Jean Whittingham Cancer Center is taking its respected cancer program to an even higher level. Now, Memorial Sloan Kettering medical and radiation oncologists are onsite at Norwalk Hospital — leading and delivering team-based care alongside Norwalk Hospital’s own cancer experts. It’s a powerful collaboration that offers both advanced science and highly personalized care. And, for patients, that adds up to more than a fighting chance.
Norwalk Hospital is one of three nationally recognized hospitals of the Western Connecticut Health Network, Connecticut’s premier, patient-centered healthcare organization. Established in 1893 by our devoted community, Norwalk Hospital was built for the people they continue to serve in Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. In July 2018, Norwalk Hospital will mark its 125th Anniversary where for a century and a quarter it has continued to grow and advance to meet and exceed the healthcare needs of the community. The 325-bed hospital is a place where patients always come first, where our talented staff takes pride in keeping people well and provide compassionate, contemporary care when our patients need our help. We take heart that no matter how great the challenge, every medical history can become a brighter medical future – here.
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