Citrus Memorial Hospital October 22, 2018

Lumpectomies, Biopsies Now Easier for Women with Breast Cancer

Breast cancer patients in Citrus County and the surrounding area can benefit from new technology being used at Citrus Memorial Hospital. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Inverness hospital began using an advanced radar localization system; surgeons and radiologists use the technology to precisely locate and guide the removal of target tissue during a lumpectomy or surgical biopsy procedure.

The hospital's first procedure was performed on October 17 by general surgeon Dr. Michael Jacoby after a reflector device was placed on October 16 by radiologist Dr. Stephen Garrison.

Dr. Stephen Garrison

Dr. Michael Jacoby

"In the past, patients undergoing lumpectomy could expect radiologists to use wire localization to locate a tumor," explained Garrison. "This presented challenges that included women having to wait for surgery with a wire hanging from their breast and the chance of the wire moving prior to surgery, reducing the accuracy of finding the tumor."

The advanced localization system features radar to detect a small reflector that is placed in the tumor site by a radiologist at any time prior to a breast-conserving surgery. During surgery, the system is used to detect the location of the reflector within the breast, allowing the surgeon to plan the best path to the tumor. It then provides real-time distance measurement guidance to the target tissue during surgery and confirms that the reflector has been removed along with the target tissue.

"We can now offer patients an increased likelihood of complete cancer removal and reduce their chances of needing a second surgery," said Jacoby. "We're also able to give women a shorter wait time on their surgery day and the peace of mind that they can move normally without disturbing the reflector. The benefit to surgeons is that we can plan our incision during surgery which can allow for less tissue removal and a better cosmetic result."