Memorial Hospital is a local leader in the detection and treatment of lung cancer.
Lung Cancer Screening Program
Memorial offers a comfortable and convenient way to gain peace of mind by detecting lung cancer earlier.
How Does it Work?
Each screening is done in a comfortable setting with a CT lung scan - a painless, noninvasive procedure that provides detailed three-dimensional images of your lungs. The entire appointment should take approximately 20 minutes. Our radiologist will review the low dose x-ray images for any suspicious spots that need further attention. They will answer any questions, and if needed, recommend further testing or treatment.
Age 55 and over with a 30 pack year* smoking history that are either a current smoker or has quit within the past 15 years; or,
- Close blood relative with lung cancer
- History of pulmonary fibrosis or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)
- History of cancer (excluding non-melanoma of the skin)
- Exposure to cancer causing agents such as, but not limited to: Radon and Arsenic
Age 50 and over with either a 20 pack year* smoking history and one of the following risk factors:
What does it cost?
The self-pay cost for one screening is $99 and is due at the time of service. You should check with their insurance company to see if the expense of this procedure is covered as a preventative screening.
How do I schedule a screening?
The low dose CT screening is available at either Memorial Hospital or our Center One imaging location. Call (904) 391-1150 today to schedule an appointment at the location most convenient for you.
Computed Tomography (CT)
Our 64-slice helical CT scanner can be used for screening patients who have a high risk for developing lung cancer, for follow up imaging of suspicious lung lesions (spots) and for helping to stage lung cancer. The CT scanner is a doughnut-shaped machine with an x-ray source that takes multiple pictures of the inside of your body as it rotates around you. A sophisticated computer stores the images and creates three dimensional, cross sectional pictures or “slices” of the part of the body being scanned. CT can produce images of bone as well as soft tissue and blood vessels, making it possible to detect disease earlier than with regular x-rays.
Pulmonologists are doctors specializing in diagnosing and treating diseases of the lungs. They use our bronchoscopy suite to perform minimally invasive lung diagnostic procedures and treatments using a bronchoscope inserted through the nose or mouth. The bronchoscope allows the pulmonologist to determine if there are any foreign bodies, tumors, bleeding or inflammation in the airways and lungs.
The pulmonologist is able to retrieve specimens lodged in the airways or remove tissue samples for biopsy. In addition, pulmonologists use the bronchoscopy suite to perform airway stenting and thoracoscopy/pleuroscopy. Our bronchoscopy suite includes a pathology station where a pathologist examines tissue samples. This minimizes the time it would otherwise take to confirm a diagnosis and decreases the amount of time the patient needs to be under anesthesia.
Bronchoscopy is a procedure that enables a physician to examine the major air passages of the lungs through a thin lighted tube called a bronchoscope. This allows the physician to evaluate the lungs and collect small tissue samples (biopsy) to diagnose lung disease and lung cancer. Traditional bronchoscopy however, cannot reach the distant regions of the lung and often more invasive surgical procedures are needed to make a diagnosis. This increases the risk of complications for patients.
inReach™ Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy
Our superDimension® inReach ™ System is used to help pulmonologists reach previously inaccessible regions of the lung to detect small lung lesions (spots) for diagnosis and treatment. Using GPS-like navigation, this system enables physicians to make early diagnoses of benign and malignant lung legions, enhancing treatment options and avoiding the need for higher risk procedures. Learn more»
Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)
Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) is a diagnostic tool that provides a more precise determination of a patient’s lung cancer stage. Using this less invasive approach, the pulmonologist passes a small bronchoscope, with a special ultrasound at its tip, through the patient’s mouth and down into the windpipe. Many patients evaluated with EBUS are able to forego more invasive surgical procedures. The EBUS procedure is performed at Memorial Hospital.
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