97% of SCOUT patients would recommend SCOUT to other women!
“I really didn’t want to the hassle of a wire localization; this is a very comfortable and fast procedure.” The Society of Surgical Oncology reported that between 20 and 25 percent of breast conserving surgeries require a second surgery to completely remove the cancer—a level many experts consider unacceptable Learn More
Frequently Asked Questions
How Does SCOUT work?SCOUT uses a tiny device called a reflector that is placed at the tumor site prior to the day of surgery. The reflector is completely passive until activated in the operating room. The system then uses radar waves (safe and non-radioactive) to detect the location of the reflector within the breast. The system guides your doctor in locating and removing both the tumor and the reflector during surgery.
Why is SCOUT different?Prior to SCOUT, the most common approach for localizing breast tumors was wire localization. With wire localization, a radiologist must guide a thin, hooked wire through the skin to the tumor location, the surgeon then uses the wire to locate the tumor. The procedure must be done on the morning of surgery. With this older type of localization, the time between the wire placement and surgery can be several hours, elevating worry and discomfort. The SCOUT reflector can be conveniently placed prior to your surgery date at any time during your diagnosis or treatment.
How and when is the reflector placed?The reflector will be placed at the tumor site on a day prior to your scheduled surgery. During the placement your physician will:
- Confirm the location of the lump using imaging (mammography or ultrasound)
- Use a local anesthetic to numb the targeted area of your breast
- Introduce the reflector through a small needle under image guidance
- Confirm the placement of the reflector using the SCOUT Check
- After placement, you can resume normal activity
- You will not feel the reflector
What are the potential benefits of SCOUT compared to wire localization?
- SCOUT eliminates the need for an additional procedure on the day of surgery, which can be a source of additional worry
- SCOUT minimizes waiting time on the morning of surgery
- Precisely locating the tumor helps surgeons to increase the likelihood of complete cancer removal and reduces the likelihood of needing a second surgery
- The ability of the surgeon to plan the incision may result in less tissue being removed during surgery, increasing the potential for better cosmetic results
- The reflector is not externally visible after placement and does not restrict your daily activities
What happens during surgery?The SCOUT system is used to detect the location of the reflector within the breast, allowing your surgeon to plan the best path to the tumor. SCOUT then provides real-time guidance during surgery. Finally, the system confirms that the reflector has been removed along with the targeted tissue.
You Are NOT Alone
Anyone who’s been diagnosed with breast cancer knows it’s not a journey to be taken alone. Many women draw strength from learning from the experiences of others. SAVI Sisters is a community of people committed to spreading the word about breast cancer treatment choices and sharing their experiences to help other women who are going through this journey. As a member of the SAVI Sisters community you can:
- Read breast cancer treatment stories from women whose treatment involved SAVI Brachy
- Connect with other women to get further information, guidance and/or support