Lung cancer screening in Gainesville, Florida
North Florida Regional Medical Center offers The Lung Screening Program, which promotes the early detection and treatment of lung cancer. Lung cancer is more difficult to treat in its advanced stages, however, survival rates are much greater when it's diagnosed early.
For more information about our program, please call our lung screening navigator at (352) 333-4703.
At North Florida Regional Medical Center, we bring together all types of specialists in the diagnosis, treatment and management of lung disease.
Our lung care team includes primary care providers, pulmonologists, radiologists, oncologists, thoracic surgeons and a dedicated lung screening navigator. Together, our providers offer advanced, quality care that is tailored to the needs of each patient.
Early detection of lung cancer
Patients who participate in our screening program will undergo a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest. This type of CT scan creates a 3D image with cross-sectional views of inside the body. The image will show any abnormalities or tumors, if present.
Lung cancer screening is for patients who are not experiencing any symptoms of lung disease. It uses low-dose CT to quickly screen the lungs with minimal exposure to radiation. This form of lung screening is pain-free and non-invasive.
Invision Imaging Center, the outpatient imaging center of North Florida Regional Medical Center, is accredited in computed tomography (CT) by the American College of Radiology.
Candidates for lung cancer screening
To participate in The Lung Screening Program, individuals must meet the following criteria:
- Be between 55 and 77 years old
- Have no current lung disease symptoms or diagnosis
- Be a current smoker or a former smoker who has quit within the last 15 years
- Have a smoking history of 30 or more pack years (one pack of cigarettes daily for 30 years, two packs of cigarettes daily for 15 years, etc.)
Lung screening cost
Most major health insurance providers do not cover the cost of lung cancer screening. If insurance does not cover screening, patients are responsible to cover the cost.
In some cases, health providers may pay for screening. For questions about insurance coverage, please call our lung screening navigator at (352) 333-4703.
Lung cancer care
North Florida Regional Medical Center offers advanced cancer care for patients with a lung cancer diagnosis. We offer a range of treatments, from radiation therapy to surgical oncology.
We partner with Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, to provide life-saving cancer care right here in Gainesville, Florida.
Lung cancer screening location
The Lung Screening Program is based at Invision Imaging Center, our hospital's center for outpatient imaging. All physicians at Invision Imaging Center are board-certified radiologists.