The MDEA is the premier awards program for the medical technology industry. Since its inception in 1998, the mission of the MDEA has been to recognize significant achievements in medical product design and engineering that improve the quality of healthcare delivery and accessibility. Products are judged based on design and engineering innovation, function and user-related innovation, patient benefits, business benefits and overall benefit to the healthcare system.
SCOUT has currently been adopted by more than 130 medical centers across the United States. The Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health was the milestone “100th Hospital” to implement SCOUT. Anne M. Wallace, MD, director of the Comprehensive Breast Health Center at Moores Cancer Center commented on SCOUT:
“Our first priority is saving the lives of patients with cancer and, in the process, we strive to improve their radiological and surgical experiences. With wire-free breast localization, there is a dual benefit. The surgeon can perform a more targeted operation that conserves healthy tissue while the patient experiences less discomfort and stress.”