In This Issue


Surgical Techniques for SAVI
SAVI Outperforms Competing Devices
Introducing: Physician Education Programs
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BrachyBytes Editorial Advisory Board 

Dan Scanderbeg, Ph.D.
Robert Kuske, M.D.
Gail Lebovic, M.D.
Coral Quiet, M.D
John Sweet, M.S.
Catheryn Yashar, M.D.
Vic Zannis, M.D.

Upcoming Conferences

American Association of Physicists in Medicine
Houston, TX
July 27-31, 2008
Researchers across the country continue to accrue experience with the SAVI applicator. In this issue, learn about the surgical considerations associated with the SAVI procedure from a nationally renowned breast surgeon, as well as results of a new study showing that SAVI provides significant advantages over other brachytherapy devices. 

Also benefit from the experience of other medical professionals with our new Physician Education Programs. These programs give you access to clinical case reviews and important techniques every physician should know before treating patients with SAVI.

  Surgical Techniques for SAVI

A new SAVI clinical update, authored by nationally recognized breast surgeon Victor J. Zannis, MD, FACS, is now available. 21st Century

“Surgical Considerations for the Strut-Adjusted Volume Implant (SAVI) Breast Brachytherapy Device” discusses the surgical issues that are important for the SAVI procedure, including patient selection, lumpectomy cavity requirements and insertion techniques.



SAVI Outperforms Competing Devices

A study conducted by Arizona Oncology Services (AOS) compared SAVI to two balloon applicators. Among the results, researchers found that SAVI:

  • Provides a dosimetric advantage over competing forms of breast brachytherapy.
  • Significantly lowers the radiation dose delivered to the skin while maintaining full coverage of the target volume.
  • Delivers radiation more precisely, providing more protection to the skin and chest wall.

AOS presented the results of the study at the 2008 World Congress of Brachytherapy. Research was headed by Salih Gurdalli, Ph.D., Robert Kuske, MD, and Coral Quiet, MD.



Physician Education Programs

21st CenturyWe are proud to announce the new Physician Education Programs available on

Whether your center is already using SAVI, or you’re simply interested in learning more about the device, these training programs provide insightful case reviews, as well as helpful surgical techniques and physics training.

Be sure to check out the Challenge: Minimal Skin and Chest Wall Spacing presentation. In this brief case review, James Stubbs, Ph.D. shows how the multiple, peripheral catheters of the SAVI applicator allow for simultaneous, significant dose modulation at the skin and chest wall, while maintaining excellent target volume coverage.


To access the Physician Education Programs, go to About SAVI. Click Physician Education Programs,
then select View Event Recordings.