Lakewood Ranch Medical Center is First in Region to Offer Wire-Free Radar Localization Technology

Friday, April 27, 2018
Lakewood Ranch Medical Center Is First in Region to Offer Wire-Free Radar Localization Technology to Improve the Surgical Experience for Breast Cancer Patients

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center is the first in the Manatee and Sarasota area to utilize the SAVI SCOUT® wire-free radar localization system. Lakewood Ranch Medical Center continues to demonstrate its commitment to offering the most advanced treatment options to patients with breast cancer by becoming the first in Manatee and Sarasota counties to use the new SCOUT wire-free radar localization 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 to ±1mm of accuracy1 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 — and better outcomes — for our patients,” says Shawn Imhoof, Director of Diagnostic Imaging and the Breast Health Center at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. “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 Works with Precision Accuracy


SCOUT uses non-radioactive, radar technology to provide real-time surgical guidance during breast surgery. Rather than placing a wire before surgery, a SCOUT reflector is placed in the target tissue prior to surgery. 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.1

The ability to precisely locate tumors may increase the probability of complete cancer removal and can 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 better cosmetic outcomes.

“We’re proud to be the first hospital in the Manatee and Sarasota County area to offer wire-free localization with the new SCOUT radar localization system during breast conservation surgeries,” says Andy Guz, Chief Executive Officer of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. “As research and technology advances, we’re committed to providing the safest and most progressive treatment options for women and men with breast cancer.”

Physicians are on the medical staff of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, but with limited exceptions are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatment provide by physicians.

[1] Cox CE, Russell S, Prowler V, et al. A Prospective, Single Arm, Multi-site, Clinical Evaluation of a Nonradioactive Surgical Guidance Technology for the Location of Nonpalpable Breast Lesions during Excision. Ann Surg Oncol. 2016;23(10):3168-74.