Merit Medical announced today it will introduce SCOUTSharetm, a risk-sharing solution for wire-free localization at the 105th Annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago, IL, to be held December 1-4, 2019.
SCOUTShare is a risk-sharing model designed to support radiologists in placing a SCOUT® reflector at the time of biopsy for highly suspicious lesions (BI-RADS 5). SCOUT is an advanced, radar localization system designed to improve the precision and predictability of marking breast lesions, biopsy sites and lymph nodes prior to or after neoadjuvant therapy and at surgery. As part of the SCOUTShare solution, Merit shares the risk if SCOUT localized patients do not progress to surgery at your facility by rebating those reflectors placed up to 5% of total purchases.
Specifically, the SCOUTShare value model can help spare a surgical patient an additional localization procedure prior to surgery. In many cases, using radar localization contributes to a more efficient healthcare ecosystem and addresses increasingly relevant concerns about clinical outcomes, patient experience and the per capita cost of care.
"SCOUTShare allows physicians managing breast care patients to place a SCOUT device at time of biopsy for highly suspicious lesions with the greatest likelihood of progressing to surgical management," said Mary K. Hayes, MD, clinical assistant professor, Florida International University Herbert Wertheim School of Medicine. "This eliminates the need for an additional interventional procedure prior to surgery, directly benefiting patients, and provides excellent value for health systems looking to reduce operational and financial redundancy."
On December 2 and 3 at RSNA, Merit Medical will host a series of hour-long THINK Wire-Freetm workshops focusing on the advanced applications of wire-free breast tumor localization. Radiologists Mary K. Hayes, MD and Tanya Mosley, MD, clinical professor, Department of Breast Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, will serve as faculty. These workshops are part of the ongoing Think Wire-Free educational platform. RSNA attendees can register online for this program, as well as other upcoming Think Wire-Free programs, at www.merit.com/thinkwirefree.
All RSNA attendees are invited to visit Merit Medical during the conference at booth #3352 in the South Hall, where the SCOUT technology, the Pink Achievetm automatic biopsy device and the Biopsafe® Biopsy Sample System will be showcased.
The SCOUT Radar Localization System is used for breast surgical localization, before or after neoadjuvant chemotherapy, and to mark a biopsy site. The SCOUT reflector has a clinically insignificant MRI artifact, it does not interfere with MRI studies, so there is no restriction on the imaging modalities that can be used effectively throughout treatment. With 30 published clinical articles and abstracts, the SCOUT system has been proven to be easy to use and provides accurate detection and precise localization. To date over 100,000 women have had a SCOUT wire-free localization. SCOUT also has been shown to improve radiology workflow and significantly reduce OR delays. SCOUT has received recognition from medical societies and industry associations including the ASBS Scientific Impact Award, the Gold Award for Medical Design Excellence Award and the Premier Innovation Award.
Founded in 1987, Merit Medical Systems, Inc. is engaged in the development, manufacture and distribution of proprietary disposable medical devices used in interventional, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, particularly in cardiology, radiology, oncology, critical care and endoscopy. Merit serves client hospitals worldwide with a domestic and international sales force and clinical support team totaling in excess of 300 individuals. Merit employs approximately 6,350 people worldwide with facilities in South Jordan, Utah; Pearland, Texas; Richmond, Virginia; Malvern, Pennsylvania; Rockland, Massachusetts; Aliso Viejo, California; Maastricht and Venlo, The Netherlands; Paris, France; Galway, Ireland; Beijing, China; Tijuana, Mexico; Joinville, Brazil; Markham, Ontario, Canada; Melbourne, Australia; Tokyo, Japan; Reading, United Kingdom; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Singapore.
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