Dr. Maen Farha is the first and only physician in Maryland to offer patients electromagnetic wave technology to locate and remove breast lumps that are not detectable by touch.
August 15, 2017
Dr. Maen Farha First in State to Use Savi SCOUT to Locate and Remove Breast Lumps
BALTIMORE—(August 15, 2017)— Dr. Maen Farha, director of the MedStar Union Memorial and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital breast centers, is the first and only physician in the state to offer patients electromagnetic wave technology to locate and remove breast lumps that are not detectable by touch. The medical device, approved by the Food and Drug Administration, uses real time guidance to deliver a reflector directly into the breast lump, giving a precise target that will be removed with the lump during surgery, up to 30 days later.
The standard treatment, known as wire localization and developed over three decades ago, requires a radiologist to insert a wire through the breast to the tumor, to guide the surgeon to the target tissue. But with the wire extending out of the breast skin until the biopsy or surgery, the procedure can be uncomfortable and plagued by scheduling challenges, making the patient experience less than optimal.
“The new technology uses radar to triangulate the reflector already placed in the breast tumor,” said Dr. Farha. “Patients can have the reflector inserted anytime within a week before the surgery, so the convenience factor alone is an advancement that we are pleased to be able to offer. More importantly is the level of precision afforded by this technology gives us an increased probability of removing all the cancer.”
During the lumpectomy procedure, Dr. Farha scans the breast with a hand held device that employs an infrared light and a micro-impulse signal to detect the location of the reflector. Real-time, audible and visual indicators then assist him to accurately locate the reflector, along with the target tissue, and surgically remove them. The precision tracking also results in better cosmetic outcomes.
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