Doctors using radio frequency chip to locate possible breast cancer during surgery

 Doctors using radio frequency chip to locate possible breast cancer during surgery

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Women facing surgery to remove possible breast cancer are being given a new option to make the process less painful and faster.

Surgeons are using technology similar to the microchips placed in keys or even our pets used locate them faster.

But now that kind of technology is being used to more easily pinpoint the location of what are often very small lesions or tumors in breast tissue.

Prevea Health breast surgeon Dr. Colette Salm-Schmid is undoubtedly excited at the latest technology she’s just beginning to use in the O.R.

“I use a special (device) at surgery where it just makes a beeping sound. It goes beep, beep, beep. Can you hear that?” she asks, demonstrating the radio-frequency LOCalizer.

It makes a high pitch squealing sound, almost like a dolphin as she holds a sensor over a tiny chip, resembling the way you’d use a metal detector.

Using ultrasound, a tiny chip, about two millimeters in size…

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