Annual Awards Recognize Outstanding Health & Medical Technology Products and Companies
SOUTH JORDAN, Utah – June 9, 2020 – Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MMSI), a leading manufacturer and marketer of proprietary disposable devices used in interventional, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, particularly in cardiology, radiology, oncology, critical care and endoscopy announced that MedTech Breakthrough, an independent market intelligence organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the global health and medical technology market, has selected Merit’s SCOUT® Radar Localization System as the “Best Clinical Efficiency Solution” in the fourth annual MedTech Breakthrough Awards program.
SCOUT uniquely leverages the precision of RADAR to provide real-time, true distance guidance during surgical dissection. The accuracy of SCOUT enables surgeons to pinpoint targeted tissue to ±1mm and optimize breast conservation techniques. To date, over 130,000 women have benefitted from enhanced outcomes and an improved overall treatment experience with SCOUT.
As the only wire-free technology that can be placed at the time of biopsy for highly suspicious lesions without interfering with MRI imaging, SCOUT can spare patients a second localization procedure, improve patient throughput and workflow for breast centers and minimize patient/provider exposure. More than 700 hospitals in the US benefit from the decoupling of radiology and surgery schedules which results in significant OR time and cost savings1.
“It is without question that SCOUT has revolutionized breast cancer care. As we continue to receive regulatory approvals in markets outside the US, it’s clear that SCOUT is the preferred solution to treat more patients globally,” said Fred Lampropoulos, Chairman and CEO, Merit Medical. “Studies confirm SCOUT’s considerable impact toward improving workflow and reducing operating room delays. We are honored to receive the 2020 MedTech Breakthrough Award in recognition of innovative SCOUT technology.”
“The SCOUT Radar Localization System is a MedTech market leader, helping physicians significantly enhance clinical efficiency and efficacy, while also improving the patient experience,” said James Johnson, managing director, MedTech Breakthrough. “We’re thrilled to recognize Merit Medical with our 2020 MedTech Breakthrough Award for ‘Best Clinical Efficiency Solution’ and we look forward to future innovation from the company.”
The MedTech Breakthrough Awards exist to honor excellence and recognize innovation, hard work and success in a range of health and medical technology categories, including Robotics, Clinical Administration, Telehealth, Patient Engagement, Electronic Health Records (EHR), mHealth, Medical Devices, Medical Data and many more. This year’s program attracted more than 3,750 nominations from over 15 different countries around the world.
The SCOUT Radar Localization System is used for both 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 over 30 published clinical articles and 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.
About Merit Medical
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 6,100 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; Ontario, Canada; Melbourne, Australia; Tokyo, Japan; Reading, United Kingdom; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Singapore.
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- Hayes, MK. Time is Money: Improving the Cost and Efficiency of Breast Cancer Care Using Radar Localization. Becker’s Hospital Review (2017).