Today, more and more cancers are found at their earliest, most treatable stages. Not only does this improve chances for survival, it also means more treatment options are available.

If you’ve been diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, you might be eligible for breast conserving therapy (BCT). This includes the removal of the tumor (lumpectomy) and if necessary, radiation therapy. After decades of research physicians agree that BCT is as effective as mastectomy in decreasing the risk of local recurrence. The goal in breast conserving surgery is to preserve your natural breast while removing the cancer.

This is achieved by a lumpectomy where only the cancer plus a rim of normal tissue is removed, sparing the healthy tissue to achieve a pleasing cosmetic result. If radiation is necessary, the goal is to reduce radiation exposure by targeting treatment to where it is needed most.

Precision and efficiency are key in achieving optimal results in breast conserving therapy, and SCOUT® and SAVI® can assist your physician in giving you the best possible outcomes.

The SCOUT® Wire-free Radar Localization System helps surgeons precisely locate breast cancer tissue during a lumpectomy to ±1mm of accuracy. Precise location increases the probability of complete cancer removal and reduces the likelihood of needing follow-up surgeries.  SCOUT also helps reduce anxiety, optimize breast conservation and enhance outcomes.

SCOUT Wire-free Radar Localization

Precise, Efficient Breast Tumor Localization & Surgical Guidance

The goal of breast-conserving surgery is to remove all detectable cancer cells. Precision in locating a tumor may increase the probability of complete cancer removal, which can reduce the chances of needing a second surgery. If tumors are located accurately the first time, it is also more likely that any additional treatments can occur sooner.

The SCOUT system was developed to make the day of breast cancer surgery easier for women. This FDA cleared medical device uses advanced radar technology to help your surgeon locate and remove the tumor and surrounding tissue during surgery, to help optimize their breast conservation strategies and cosmetic results.

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.

SAVI Sisters:
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

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