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UW-Madison start-up develops a better way to find breast cancer tumors


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: January 15th, 2020

A start-up from the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison has created a new way to detect tumors during breast cancer lumpectomies.

The SmartClip technology from Elucent Medical is intended to replace the metal clips that physicians use to mark suspicious breast lesions during a biopsy.

Currently, if a lumpectomy is required, a radiologist must insert a hook wire through the skin and connect it to the metal clip, providing a visible path to the lesion for removal. The SmartClip streamlines this process by emitting a high-frequency signal that provides a continuous 3D location for the surgeon, thereby eliminating the hook wire. It is also intended to reduce patient stress, pain and costs.

Lee Wilke, a breast surgeon and director of UW Health Breast Center, led the development of the technology and is a co-founder of Elucent. In a press release, Wilke said the SmartClip could have applications beyond breast cancer, such as lung cancer and procedures on the head and neck.

The SmartClip is currently in use at UW Health and the SSM Health Dean Medical Group in Madison. Elucent plans to expand to roughly 15 hospital systems by the end of January.

Source: Becker’s Healthcare

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