Longview, TX – CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System continues to demonstrate its commitment to offering the most advanced treatment options to patients with breast cancer by becoming the first hospital in Longview 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 find ways to create a better experience – and better outcomes – for our patients,” said KiAnne Hardee, M.D., Longview’s only fellowship trained breast radiologist. “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.”
SCOUT uses non-radioactive, radar technology to provide real-time surgical guidance during breast surgery. The SCOUT system has been proven in over 42,000 procedures and has been shown to decrease patient discomfort and improve patient satisfaction.
“Rather than placing a wire immediately before surgery, a SCOUT reflector is placed prior to the day of surgery at a time of the patient’s choosing,” said CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic Surgeon Matt Holcomb, MD. “Not only is this much more convenient for our patients, it eliminates the discomfort of having a wire protruding from the breast before surgery. In addition, the ability to strategically plan the incision may result in better cosmetic outcomes.”
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. 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.
“We’re proud to be the first hospital in Longview and this area to adopt wire-free localization as the standard of care, offering the new SCOUT radar localization system during breast conservation surgeries,” says Mark Anderson, M.D., CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System’s Chief Medical Officer. “As research and technology advances, we’re committed to adopting the safest and most progressive treatment options for women and men with breast cancer.”
About the CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Breast Center
At our Breast Center, we strive to deliver the highest quality care to our patients by using the most advanced technology in breast imaging available with images read by Longview’s only fellowship trained breast radiologist. We provide a comprehensive scope of services – digital mammography, 3D mammography, breast MRI, breast biopsy, breast ultrasound – which are performed by an all-female, advanced level certified mammography staff. In addition, our board-certified Radiologists are available on-site and have received additional training in digital mammography, making your diagnosis quick and accurate. To schedule an appointment at the Breast Center, call (903) 315-2130.