• Franciscan Health adopts wire-free radar localization technology to improve the surgical experience

    CROWN POINT, Indiana | The Franciscan Health Breast Care Center Crown Point continues to offer the most advanced treatment options to breast cancer patients by adopting the Savi Scout® Wire-Free Radar Localization System to provide easier, more compassionate care with less discomfort.
    "I am thrilled to be part of a team providing the latest cutting-edge technology in the field of breast imaging. I am committed to providing the highest level of care to our patients, including the use of the best technological advances made in my specialty such as the Savi Scout localizer,” said Sean DeSilva, MD, director of the Franciscan Health Breast Care Center Crown Point.
    The Scout system is a zero-radiation, wire-free solution for marking tumors, lymph nodes and biopsy sites. The traditional process to mark tumors is wire localization, placing a wire inside the breast tissue immediately before surgery. Because the wire sticks out of the breast, patients must restrict their movement. The Scout system, however, places a tiny “reflector” into the tumor ahead of the surgery date or during the biopsy. The Scout radar localization system helps surgeons accurately detect the location of the Scout reflector – and the tumor – to within 1 mm of accuracy.
    The ability to precisely locate tumors may 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 allow for less tissue removal, allowing patients to keep their healthy breast tissue. Scout is not limited to use in cancerous tumors. It also effectively guides removal of non-cancerous breast abnormalities.
    “I am humbled to be offering the same advanced technology that is provided at the large academic medical centers in Chicago and throughout the United States to our patients,” said Dr. DeSilva, a fellowship-trained breast radiologist.
    The Savi Scout system is located at Franciscan Health Breast Care Center Crown Point, 1201 S. Main St. For more information, call (219) 757-6010.

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