An exciting new breast cancer localisation technique is being introduced in Warwickshire to help remove breast cancers that cannot be felt, such as those picked up early on a mammogram.
Traditionally a guidewire is inserted into the breast prior to the operation to locate the abnormal area and guide the surgeon during the lump removal. A new state-of-the-art technology using a tiny magnetic seed (the size of a grain of rice) can be used instead of a wire in some cases.
This offers several advantages, such as being more convenient for patients by avoiding the need for a wire, and also helps facilitate COVID-safe pathways for patients, as the seed can be placed before any pre-operative shielding period begins.
Mr Robertson is leading on introducing this exciting new technology locally, along with his radiology and multidisciplinary breast team colleagues.