Houston Methodist San Jacinto Adds Advanced Breast Surgery Device

Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital has added an advanced tool to aid breast surgeons in locating and removing tumors during a breast lumpectomy or surgical biopsy procedure.

The hospital is the first facility in Baytown to offer the wireless SAVI SCOUT® radar localization system, an FDA-approved alternative to wire localization used during breast conservation surgeries. SAVI SCOUT is a device placed by radiologists and used by surgeons to precisely locate and direct the removal of a tumor during lumpectomy or excisional biopsy.

“Because the traditional wire localization requires the radiologist to place the wire on the same day as surgery, there can be delays related to scheduling and transport, as well as anxiety and discomfort due to a portion of the wire sticking out of the breast,” said Hannah Chung, MD, breast radiologist and medical director of the Breast Care Center at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital. “SAVI SCOUT is placed on a different day and is completely hidden in the breast. It provides for a better patient experience and outcome.”

SAVI SCOUT uses non-radioactive micro impulse 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 up to 30 days prior to surgery. During surgery, the SCOUT hand piece accurately detects the location of the reflector and the tumor.

“This tool is not only more comfortable for patients, but it gives the surgeon more flexibility in the incisions used. The traditional wire has to be tracked from the insertion point, but a SAVI SCOUT can be detected by a hand-held detector at any time. This means I can perform a therapeutic and safe oncologic procedure while aiming for the best cosmetic result,” said Esther Dubrovsky, MD, breast surgeon at the Breast Care Center at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital.

Dubrovsky says the elimination of concerns over the patient’s case being delayed for wire placement or the wire getting dislodged is another benefit of the new system.
The Breast Care Center offers a full spectrum of imaging services, including all digital mammography, 3-D imaging (tomosynthesis), breast ultrasound, breast MRI and minimally invasive needle biopsies.

“We’re proud to be the first facility in Baytown to offer the new SAVI SCOUT system,” said Chung. “As research and technology advances, Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital is committed to providing the safest and most progressive treatment options for our patients.”

During October, designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women are encouraged to learn more about their breast cancer risk and schedule a screening mammogram. The American Cancer Society reports that one out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Seventy five percent of women diagnosed have no family history of the disease and are not considered high-risk. All women age 40 and older should undergo yearly screening mammograms to help detect early signs of breast cancer.

For more information about services available at the Breast Care Center at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital, or to schedule a mammogram online visit houstonmethodist.org/sanjacinto, or call 281.420.6807.

About Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital
Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital has provided Baytown and East Houston with quality medical care since opening its doors in 1948. The hospital has grown throughout the years with the community, providing comprehensive care at all stages of life. As a health care leader, the hospital is proud to have a fully integrated residency program focused on educating and inspiring future practitioners. Today, Houston Methodist San Jacinto provides some of the most advanced and innovative procedures while never losing focus on compassionate and patient-centered care. houstonmethodist.org/sanjacinto.

Contact: Rod Evans