HackensackUMC Now Offers Targeted Localization for Breast Tumors with the SAVI SCOUT® Surgical Guidance System

January 18, 2016

Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC) is one of only two hospitals in the New York Metropolitan area to offer targeted breast tissue localization through the SAVI SCOUT® surgical guidance system. The SAVI SCOUT® surgical guidance system is used by HackensackUMC surgeons and radiologists to precisely locate and direct the removal of specific breast tissue during a breast lumpectomy for cancer or for a surgical breast biopsy procedure.

“We are very excited about the acquisition of the SAVI SCOUT® surgical guidance system.  This technology has the potential to reduce any surgical delays, improve the patient experience, optimize our surgical planning, and conserve breast tissue for the patient,” said Dr. Leslie Montgomery, M.D., F.A.C.S., chief of the Division of Breast Surgery, HackensackUMC.

The ability to precisely locate a tumor enables the surgeon complete cancer removal and reduces the likelihood of needing follow-up surgeries – a huge advancement for breast cancer patients. In addition, the ability to strategically plan the incision may result in less tissue being removed during surgery and conserving breast tissue.

The SAVI SCOUT® surgical guidance system uses electromagnetic wave technology to provide precise, accurate real-time surgical guidance during breast surgery. An alternative to wire localization, SCOUT features a reflector that is placed at the tumor site up to seven days before surgery. During the procedure, the surgeon uses the SCOUT hand piece, which emits infrared light and electromagnetic waves, to detect the location of the reflector and plan the surgical incision. The SCOUT surgical guidance system uses real-time audible and visual indicators to guide the surgeon to localize and remove the reflector along with the surrounding breast tissue.

“The SAVI SCOUT® system is exciting technology that replaces the wire localization process which will improve our patients’ experience and comfort,” said Gail Starr, M.D., board-certified radiologist and medical director, The Betty Torricelli Institute for Breast Care at HackensackUMC.  “The benefits include scheduling flexibility, reduced wait times on the day of surgery and less stress and anxiety for the patient. This system was developed to advance the progress made with RSL (radioactive seed localization) to eliminate the radiation component.”

“With the SAVI SCOUT® system, we eliminate all the disadvantages of the old wire localization technique.  In addition, we do not expose the patient to unnecessary radiation because we do not use the radioactive seed technique for localization of breast tissue,” said Dr. Montgomery.

About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,717 beds, more than 10,000 employees and 3,300 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings – maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. HackensackUMC is one of Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals™ for nine years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 13 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 23 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.