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Published on October 16, 2019

Abington – Jefferson Health Adopts Wire-Free Radar Breast Localization System

Abington, PA, (October 15, 2019) – Abington – Jefferson Health continues to demonstrate its commitment to offering the most advanced treatment options to patients receiving care through its Breast Program by adopting a wire-free radar breast localization system for women undergoing lumpectomy.

With the Scout® Wire-Free Radar Breast Localization System, the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Abington – Jefferson Health is bringing advanced technology to the suburban Philadelphia community.

“Breast cancer surgery can be physically and emotionally distressing for women, and we strive to find ways to create a better surgical experience for our patients,” says Stefania E. Nolano, DO, director, Abington – Jefferson Health Breast Program and clinical assistant professor of surgery, Sidney Kimmel Medical College. “This new technology eliminates the need to place a wire inside breast tissue to locate a tumor.” This technology is used for lumpectomies for benign or malignant breast tumors that cannot be felt by hand.

The SAVI Scout system can decrease patient discomfort and improve patient satisfaction. It uses a non-radioactive, radar technology to provide real-time surgical guidance during breast surgery. Rather than placing a wire immediately before surgery, a reflector is placed in the target breast tissue prior to the day of surgery. Patients can have the reflector inserted at Mary T. Sachs Breast Center or Abington – Lansdale Hospital. During surgery, real-time distance measurement guidance accurately detects the location of the reflector (and the tumor) to within 1 mm of accuracy.

“Each year in the United States, 2.8 million women undergo breast procedures requiring localization of the lump or tumor. I believe the wire-free breast localization system is an improvement in care for these women who have tumors that cannot be felt by the hand,” says Francesca M. Delach, MD, breast surgeon, Abington – Jefferson Health. “I am pleased to be able to offer this technology to my patients at Abington – Jefferson Health.”

The ability to precisely locate tumors increases the probability of complete cancer removal and reduces the likelihood of needing follow-up surgeries—a huge advantage for early-stage breast cancer patients. In addition, the ability to strategically plan the incision may result in better cosmetic outcomes. It’s also used to effectively localize lymph nodes prior to neoadjuvant therapy and can be used with any type of imaging over the course of the patient’s care.

“We’re proud to adopt wire-free localization as the standard of care at Abington, offering this new radar localization system during breast conservation surgeries,” says Nolano. “As research and technology advances, we’re committed to adopting the safest and most progressive treatment options for women and men with breast cancer and to remain a breast cancer center of excellence.”

For more information about SAVI Scout, click here.

About Abington – Jefferson Health

Abington – Jefferson Health encompasses Abington Hospital in Abington, Abington – Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township, two Urgent Care Centers located in Flourtown and Willow Grove, and seven convenient outpatient facilities located in Willow Grove, Warminster, Horsham, Blue Bell, Lower Gwynedd, Montgomeryville and Elkins Park. More than 1,400 physicians are on staff at both Abington Hospital and Abington – Lansdale Hospital. In addition, some physicians are members of Abington Health Physicians, an employed network of primary care physicians and specialists. Abington – Jefferson Health is part of Jefferson Health and Jefferson, a newly formed organization dedicated to providing the highest quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educating the health professionals of tomorrow, and discovering new treatments and therapies that will define the future of health care.

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