The Northwell Health Cancer Institute
implemented SCOUT in July. The following excerpts are from an article that appeared in the July 12 issue of Innovate Long Island.
“Breast cancer surgery or biopsy can be physically and emotionally distressing for women,” said Dr. Karen Kostroff, chief of breast surgery at Northwell. “The SCOUT resolves one of the most difficult aspects of breast conservation surgery by eliminating the need to place a wire inside the breast tissue to locate a tumor.”
Ellen Gallin-Procida, a patient of Dr. Kostroff’s for the last 20 years, underwent three breast-conserving surgeries using the wire localization technique. She was one of the first patients at Northwell’s Cancer Institute to experience the wire-free, radar system during a breast biopsy.
“You’re already under stress and frightened getting a breast biopsy,” Gallin-Procida said. “It’s uncomfortable to sit for a long time with a wire sticking out of your breast even though it’s covered in gauze. For my recent biopsy, I was checked in for surgery with the reflector having already been inserted days earlier.
“This time I had a lot less anxiety and discomfort before surgery without a wire sticking out of me.”