LAS VEGAS, NV April 26, 2016 – Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center continues to demonstrate its commitment to offering the most advanced treatment options to patients with breast cancer by becoming the first hospital in Nevada to use the new SAVI SCOUT® breast localization and surgical guidance system during breast conservation surgeries. An alternative to wire localization, SCOUT is an FDA-cleared device used by surgeons and radiologists to precisely locate and direct the removal of a tumor during a lumpectomy or surgical biopsy procedure. 

“Breast cancer surgery can be physically and emotionally distressing for women, and we strive to find ways to create a better experience ¾ and better outcomes ¾ for our patients,” says Todd Sklamberg, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center Chief Executive Officer. “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 first Savi SCOUT was performed earlier this month by Dr. Margaret Terhar, breast surgeon and Medical Director of The Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital and by Dr. Kitty Ho Cain, radiologist specializing in breast radiology. A total of four have been completed this month with the fifth scheduled for the end of the week.  

SCOUT Works with Precision Accuracy in Lumpectomy and Excisional Biopsy

SCOUT uses non-radioactive, electromagnetic wave technology to provide real-time surgical guidance during breast surgery. Rather than placing a wire immediate before surgery, a SCOUT reflector is placed in the target tissue up to seven days prior to surgery. During surgery, the SCOUT handpiece accurately detects the location of the reflector ¾ and the tumor. 

The ability to precisely locate and direct the removal of a tumor during a lumpectomy or surgical biopsy procedure enables surgeons to increase the probability of complete cancer removal and reduce 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 less tissue being removed during surgery, resulting in better cosmetic outcomes.

“We’re proud to be the first hospital in Nevada to use the new SCOUT breast localization and surgical guidance system during breast conservation surgeries,” says Sklamberg. “As research and technology advances, we’re committed to adopting the safest and most progressive treatment options for women and men with breast cancer.”

As the only facility in Southern Nevada accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), The Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital is the most comprehensive breast center in Southern Nevada. The Breast Center features a combination of the newest technologies with the latest procedures to accurately detect and diagnose breast problems. This includes board-certified and fellowship-trained dedicated breast radiologists, a multidisciplinary team approach and 3D digital mammography. Additionally, The Breast Center at Sunrise is an American College of Radiology Breast Center of Excellence.

The Breast Center at Sunrise is located at 3006 S. Maryland Parkway, Suite 250, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

About Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center:

As Nevada’s largest acute care facility and Level II Trauma Center, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center offers high quality, patient-centered healthcare to the residents of Southern Nevada, its surrounding region, and the millions of visitors that come to Las Vegas. As a 16-time Consumer Choice award-winning hospital, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center is the region’s healthcare leader. The Heart Center at Sunrise offers the most advanced cardiac care and features an Accredited Chest Pain Center. The Nevada Neurosciences Institute – the region’s most comprehensive Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center – provides world-class care for stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological conditions. The Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital is the only NAPBC Accredited Breast Center in Southern Nevada. Located on the same campus is Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital. For more information on Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, visit Sunrise Hospital, follow on Twitter @SunriseLasVegas and Facebook.

Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center
3186 South Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
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