A breast cancer surgery utilizing the Kubtec Mozart Imagine System can help surgeons. This can make sure they have removed all cancer and potentially avoid repeat surgeries. Doctors are calling the new device a game changer. This year, sadly more than 280,000 women are expecting to be diagnosed with breast year.
Breast Cancer Surgery is Helped by This New 3D Device
“In one shot, it really tells me everything I need to know about the tumor. In fact, whether it has been removed,” said Dr. Kandace McGuire.
Dr. Kandance McGuire is chief of breast cancer surgery at VCU’s Massey Cancer Center. She is a breast surgeon at MEDARVA Surgery Center in Richmond, Virginia. The first facility in the state to have the new 3D device is MEDARVA. The equipment is using in the operating room to create images of the tissue in real-time.
Pointing to an image on the screen. She has shown how the technology helps surgeons to find cancerous cells that might otherwise be missed, Dr. McGuire said: “They need some more tissue down here.”
Lumpectomies and Odds Against Future Surgeries are Improving
Dr. Guire said 5% to 25% all of the patients undergoing a lumpectomy. Would, in fact, need another surgery to remove all left behind cancer cells. This would occur prior to the 3D technology. It can be very time-consuming, expensive, and not to mention, very scary for women.
“They will actually decide to have a mastectomy. This is because it is so traumatic or they are so scared to come back in,” said Karen Coltrane.
Bringing the device to Richmond is part of their commitment to their patients. Coltrane who is with MEDARVA said this.
Breast Cancer Surgery Technology: Time-Savings For Patients
The device which provides those real-time images in seconds, will, in turn, mean less time to wait for the radiologists that are while the patient sits on the operating table, Coltrane, and McGuire said.
“What a surgeon would do is then send what they removing to the breast imager or radiologists to have it then x-raying. Meantime, you twiddle your thumbs while you wait around for them to look at it and therefore sit around the operating room,” said Dr. McGuire. “There is less time for something else to potentially happen also less time on the operating table,” Coltrane added.
Greater Risks for a Patient to Stay on the Operating Table
The more time a patient has to spend on the operating table, it, therefore, incurs the higher risk of having post-operative nausea. Plus excessive drowsiness while under anesthesia.
In fact, the new technology does allow doctors to do more surgeries a day. Moreover, in the end, it means patients can get in for an appointment sooner and get that tumor addressed faster.
“To be one of the first people to use it, I’m very excited,” said Dr. McGuire