Ellen Gallin-Procida

Northwell fields new breast-surgery tracker

The Northwell Health Cancer Institute has begun use of a tiny tracking device, just cleared by the FDA, that pinpoints tumors in breast surgeries. The system, called the SAVI SCOUT, uses a reflector disk, implanted before surgery, that steers surgeons during lumpectomy and biopsy procedures. Until now, doctors had to thread a wire into the breast, an uncomfortable and time-consuming procedure that required patients to show up hours before their scheduled surgery. “Breast cancer surgery…