FOX4: Metro breast cancer surgeons using new technology to make finding tumors easier

May 10, 2018

Doctors say 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will get breast cancer. Treatment can take a toll on your body, but if you’re a patient here in the metro, you’ve got a new option when it comes to locating concerning cells.

Dr. John Shook, a surgeon at Saint Luke’s Breast Center, says that physicians have been doing a wire localization procedure for 50 years. However, a new technology, SAVI SCOUT, makes the experience easier for patients and doctors.

“There are different wires. They’re hard to interpret, the depth and the length. Some of these tumors are so small that you can’t see them," Shook said.

Now, they’re the using SAVI SCOUT technology that's radar-based and the size of a grain of rice. Shook said it’s much less invasive and more precise. 

“We can detect down to the millimeter of where it is," said Shook.

A patient shared her story with FOX4 on how the SAVI SCOUT helps her through the process.

Watch the full story below.

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