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Course to educate surgeons and radiologists on advanced applications of wire-free localization technology for biopsy, neoadjuvant therapy and oncoplasty surgery

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah, March19, 2019  — Merit Medical announced today the inaugural THINK WIRE-FREE™ education course will be held on March 29-30, 2019 at Merit Medical’s Educational Center, Salt Lake City, UT.

THINK WIRE-FREE is an educational course for radiologists and surgeons who are looking to implement or expand an advanced wire-free breast tumor localization program at their facility or healthcare system.

Wire-free breast tumor localization is quickly becoming standard of care for achieving optimal clinical results while at the same time offering women a better experience—from biopsy to surgery. For surgeons and radiologists, wire-free tumor localization provides an efficient workflow. During the THINK WIRE-FREE education course, surgeons and radiologists will learn more about SCOUT® Radar Breast Localization System, an innovative wire-free tumor localization technology.

Proctors Dr. Barry Rosen, Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and Medical Director of the Breast Center at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Chicago, IL and Mary K. Hayes, MD, board certified radiologist specializing in Women’s Imaging and Chief of Women’s Imaging at Memorial Health Centers, will lead the discussions and hands-on training during this inaugural course.

Surgeons and radiologists will learn about the capabilities of SCOUT’s unique radar technology and have an opportunity to practice reflector implantation and procedure steps. In addition, they will explore how the SCOUT Radar System is advancing wire-free tumor localization for use in breast conserving surgery for oncoplastic procedures, prior to neoadjuvant therapy, for localizing lymph nodes and for placement at biopsy. Agenda highlights include:

  • Use of wire-free technology in neoadjuvant chemotherapy
  • Wire-free technology placed at the time of biopsy
  • Oncoplastic techniques using wire-free technology

“We are excited to partner with Drs. Rosen and Hayes, two leaders in the field of cancer care, to launch this new educational course. Wire-free breast tumor localization offers the ability to accurately target the affected tissue, pinpointing its location within 1mm. Outcomes for women are enhanced when optimized breast conservation strategies and more successful surgeries can be performed. We look forward to helping surgeons and radiologists learn more about wire-free breast tumor localization, and to helping them bring this technology to their patients,” said Fred Lampropoulos, Chairman and CEO of Merit Medical.

For more information or to register for this course, please visit contact your Merit Medical Representative or visit https://www.merit.com/thinkwirefree.

Merit is committed to its role as an education partner through its Think Education courses. Designed and taught by physicians, Merit’s immersive educational courses include didactic presentations, taped or live cases, and hands-on training. Learn more about our current courses at: https://www.merit.com/education/.

About SCOUT®
The SCOUT Radar Breast Localization System is used for both lumpectomy 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 seven peer-reviewed publications and over 20 clinical abstracts, the SCOUT system has been proven to be easy to use and provides accurate detection and precise localization. SCOUT also has been shown to improve radiology workflow and significantly reduce OR delays. SCOUT has received significant 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 5,600 people worldwide with facilities in South Jordan, Utah; Pearland, Texas; Richmond, Virginia; Malvern, Pennsylvania; Rockland, Massachusetts; San Jose and 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; and Singapore.

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