Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute adopts SAVI SCOUT® Wire-Free Radar Breast Localization System to Provide Easier, More Compassionate Care for Breast Cancer Patients

Aliso Viejo, California, UNITED STATES

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., July 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cianna Medical, Inc., the world leader in wire-free breast localization, announced that the Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, a part of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), adopted the SCOUT® Wire-Free Radar Breast Localization System to provide easier, more compassionate care to women undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

The SCOUT system has been proven in over 36,000 procedures. It has been shown to decrease patient discomfort, improve patient satisfaction, keep OR schedules on time by decoupling radiology and surgery schedules, reduce OR costs and increase operational efficiency.

The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute treated more than 680 women with breast cancer in 2017.  By adopting this innovative wire-free localization technology at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg and Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono, the Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is working to reduce stress for women who are going through one of the most difficult times in their lives, as well as to reduce operating room costs and improve operational efficiency.

“We’re proud to be the first hospital in the Lehigh Valley to adopt radar wire-free localization as the standard of care, replacing the need to place a wire inside breast tissue to locate tumors during surgery,” said Lori Alfonse, DO, Surgical Oncology, Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute.  “As research and technology advance, we’re committed to adopting the safest and most progressive treatment options for women and men with 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.”

“Instead of a wire, a tiny reflector is placed at the tumor site by radiologists at Breast Health Services,” said Priya Sareen, MD, Imaging Director, Breast Health Services, the Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute. “Because the reflector can be placed at any time during the course of diagnosis and treatment and is a relatively short procedure, it can be scheduled at the patient’s convenience prior to surgery”      

“At Cianna Medical we are committed to partnering with leading health systems like the Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute to ease the burden of breast cancer for women and their families,” said Jill Anderson, President and CEO of Cianna Medical. “Aligning with LVHN to implement a wire-free localization program integrates their compassion for patients with our SCOUT technology.” 

About SCOUT®
With seven peer-reviewed publications and over 20 clinical abstracts, the SCOUT system has been proven to be easy to use and provides accurate detection and precise localization.  SCOUT has received significant recognition from medical societies and industry associations including the ASBS Scientific Impact Award, he Gold Award for Medical Design Excellence Award and the Premier Innovation Award.  During the surgical procedure, the surgeon uses a hand-held guide to detect the location of the reflector and direct accurate and precise removal of the tumor.  The reflector has no restriction on how long it can remain in the breast, which gives clinicians maximum flexibility to use SCOUT throughout the patient’s care. This includes reflector placement at the time of biopsy, prior to neoadjuvant chemotherapy or prior to surgery.  Because the SCOUT reflector does not have a clinically significant MRI artifact, it does not interfere with MRI studies; there is no restriction on the type of imaging that can be used effectively throughout a patient’s treatment.

About Cianna Medical, Inc.
Cianna Medical is the world leader in wire-free breast localization and has been focused on breast conservation for over 10 years. Cianna Medical develops, manufactures and markets innovative medical technologies that reduce costs, improve quality and reduce the anxiety and stress breast cancer treatments place on women and their families. Cianna Medical’s world-class research, development and commercialization teams developed the world’s first non-radioactive, wire-free breast localization system and the world’s only technology that utilizes radar in tissue. Cianna Medical is focused on expanding applications that continually advance patient care. Its SCOUT and SAVI® Brachy technologies are FDA-cleared and address unmet needs in the delivery of radiation therapy, tumor localization and surgical guidance. Please visit www.ciannamedical.com for more information.

About Lehigh Valley Health Network
Lehigh Valley Health Network includes eight hospital campuses - three in Allentown including the region's only facility dedicated to orthopedic surgery, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; 26 health centers caring for communities in seven counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices and 18 ExpressCARE locations throughout the region including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE at the Health Center at Palmer Township; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab services; extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred.  Specialty care includes: trauma care at the region’s busiest, most-experienced trauma center treating adults and children, burn care at the regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer care, orthopedics, and neurology and complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.  The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, the Lehigh Valley Heart Institute and the Lehigh Valley Institute for Special Surgery give clinicians of the highest caliber the necessary infrastructure, programs and partnerships to help community members stay healthy and provide the most advanced treatment when needed. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a formal member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, a transformative initiative to improve the quality of care and outcomes for people with cancer in community health care settings, including access to key MSK clinical trials. Robotic surgery is offered in ten specialties across the health network with more than 10,000 procedures performed since 2007. Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital and Level 4 NICU in the region, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for 22 consecutive years as one of America’s Best Hospitals. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are national Magnet hospitals for excellence in nursing.  Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org, or following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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