Helen Keller Hospital Adopts Wire-Free Radar Localization Technology to Improve the Surgical Experience for Breast Cancer Patients

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Helen Keller Hospital surgeons and radiologists among first in The Shoals to use the SAVI SCOUT® Wire-Free Radar Localization System L to R— Dr. Ryan Conner, Dr. David Cozart, Dr. Bo Mansell

SHEFFIELD-Helen Keller Hospital continues to demonstrate its commitment to offering the most advanced treatment options to patients with breast cancer by becoming the first hospital in the Shoals to adopt the SCOUT® Wire-Free Radar Breast Localization System to provide easier, more compassionate care to women undergoing treatment for breast cancer.


“Breast cancer surgery can be physically and emotionally distressing for women, and we strive to

Cassandra Seal

find ways to create a better experience—and better outcomes—for our patients,” says Cassandra Seal, Breast Health Specialist. “SCOUT resolves one of the most difficult aspects of breast conservation surgery by eliminating the need to place a wire inside breast tissue to locate a tumor.”


The SCOUT system has been proven in over 60,000 procedures. It has been shown to decrease patient discomfort and improve patient satisfaction. SCOUT uses non-radioactive, radar technology to provide real-time surgical guidance during breast surgery. Rather than placing a wire immediately before surgery, a SCOUT reflector is placed in the target tissue prior to the day of surgery at the patient’s convenience. During surgery, the SCOUT guide uses real-time distance measurement guidance to accurately detect the location of the SCOUT reflector—and the tumor to within 1mm of accuracy.


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Kyle Buchanan

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-state breast cancer patients. In addition, the ability to strategically plan the incision may result in better cosmetic outcomes. SCOUT is also used to effectively localize lymph nodes prior to neoadjuvant therapy and can be used with any type of imaging over the course of a patient’s care.


“We’re proud to be the first hospital in the Shoals to adopt wire-free localization as the standard of care, offering the new SCOUT radar localization system during breast conservation surgeries,” says, Kyle Buchanan, President. “As research and technology advances, we’re committed to adopting the safest and most progressive treatment options for women and men with breast cancer.”


Media Release/Hunter Nicholson/Marketing Coordinator Helen Keller Hospital

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