Imaging

About Us

Throughout Mission Health our Imaging Departments work collaboratively to provide a consistent level of care. The imaging protocols are uniform across all locations providing patients with the choice of where to have their imaging performed. Mission Health provides ambulatory and inpatient services including Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Breast Imaging, Diagnostic X-ray as well minimally invasive interventional procedures.

Mission Health utilizes the Philips PACS system, which is an electronic database of your imaging studies. This allows your studies to be instantly and conveniently accessible to all Mission Health providers.

Lung Screening FAQs

Yearly lung screening with low-dose CT (LDCT) has been shown to save lives by finding lung cancer early, when it is easier to treat. This handout answers many questions that people have about LDCT lung screening. If you have any additional questions, please call (828) 213-2506.

What is the goal of LDCT lung screening?

The goal of LDCT lung screening is to save lives. Without LDCT lung screening, lung cancer is usually not found until a person develops symptoms. At that time, the cancer is much harder to treat.

Am I eligible for lung cancer screening?

You are eligible for an annual LDCT to screen for lung cancer if you meet these criteria:

  • Age 55 to 77 years old
  • A 30 "pack year" or greater history of smoking
    • A "pack year" is calculated by multiplying the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day by the number of years you have smoked
  • Current smoker or have quit within the past 15 years
  • No symptoms of lung cancer such as new cough, worsening shortness of breath, unexplained weight loss, coughing up blood or chest pain
  • Able and willing to tolerate treatment if lung cancer is discovered

Why does it matter if I have symptoms?

Certain symptoms can be a sign that you have a condition in your lungs that should be evaluated and treated, if necessary, by your healthcare provider. These symptoms include fever, chest pain, a new or changing cough, shortness of breath that you have never felt before, coughing up blood or unexplained weight loss. Having any of these symptoms can greatly affect the results of the lung screening and may actually delay the treatment you may need.

Do I need to have an LDCT lung screening exam every year?

Yes. LDCT lung screening exam is recommended every year until you are 77.

How effective is LDCT lung screening at preventing death from lung cancer?

Studies have shown that LDCT lung screening can lower the risk of death from lung cancer by 20 percent in people who are at high risk.

How can I get screened for lung cancer?

LDCT screening for lung cancer requires a referral from your doctor. Talk to your doctor about your risk for the disease and discuss your eligibility for screening.

How is the exam performed?

LDCT lung screening is one of the easiest screening exams you can have. The exam takes less than 10 seconds. No medications are given, and no needles are used. You can eat before and after the exam. You do not even need to get changed as long as the clothing on your chest does not contain metal. You must, however, be able to hold your breath for at least 6 seconds while the chest scan is being taken.

Are there any risks to LDCT lung screening?

There are several risks and limitations of LDCT lung screening. We want to make sure that we have done a good job explaining these to you, so please let us know if you have any questions. Your healthcare provider who ordered the screening may want to talk with you more about this:

  • Radiation exposure: LDCT lung screening uses radiation to create images of your lung. Radiation can increase a person’s risk of cancer. By using special techniques, the amount of radiation in LDCT lung screening is small—about the same amount a person would receive from a screening mammogram. Further, your doctor has determined that the benefits of the screening outweigh the risks of being exposed to the small amount of radiation from this exam.
  • False negatives: No test, including LDCT lung screening, is perfect. It is possible that you may have a medical condition, including lung cancer, that is not found during your exam. This is called a false negative.
  • False positives/additional testing: LDCT lung screening may find something in the lung that could be cancer but in fact is not. This is called a false positive. False positive tests often cause anxiety. In order to make sure these findings are not cancer, you may need to have more tests. These tests will be performed only if you give us permission. Occasionally, patients need a procedure, such as a biopsy, that can have potential side effects. For more information on false positives, see “What can I expect from the results?” below.
  • Findings not related to lung cancer: Your LDCT lung screening exam also captures images of areas of your body next to your lungs. In a small percentage of cases (5-10 percent), the CT scan will show an abnormal finding in one of these areas, such as your kidneys, adrenal glands, liver or thyroid. This finding may not be serious; however, you may need to be examined further. Your healthcare provider who ordered your exam can help determine what, if any, additional testing you may need.

Is lung cancer screening covered by insurance?

LDCT to screen for lung cancer is covered by Medicare and private insurance plans for eligible patients.

What if lung cancer screening is not covered by my insurance?

A cash pay option of $250.00 is available, at time of service, for patients who are uninsured or do not have plans that cover LDCT lung screening.

What can I expect from the results?

About 1 out of 10 LDCT lung screening exams will find something in the lung that may require additional imaging or evaluation. Most of the time these findings are lung nodules. Lung nodules are very small collections of tissue in the lung. These nodules are very common, and the vast majority—more than 97 percent—are benign (not cancer).

Less commonly, lung nodules are cancer. If a small lung nodule is found to be cancer, the cancer can be cured more than 90 percent of the time. That is why we are screening you. To distinguish the large number of benign (noncancerous) nodules from the few nodules that are in fact cancer, we may need to get more images before your next yearly screening exam. If the nodule has suspicious features (for example, it is large, has an odd shape or grows over time), we will refer you to a specialist for further testing.

When will I get my results?

You will receive the results of your exam within 2 weeks. If you do not hear from us within 2 weeks, please be sure to call us at (828) 213-0695.

Will my doctor also receive the results?

Yes. Your healthcare provider who ordered your exam will receive a copy of your results.


 

Magnetic Resonance (MR)

Across the system, our technologists and radiologists use state-of-the-art MRI scanners to produce high-quality images while focusing on patient safety and comfort. Some of our locations offer an MRI scanner with an open bore design to accommodate patients who are claustrophobic. When scheduling, ask for further details.

Your provider can select a location that is closest to you or that offers the earliest available appointment.

Angel Medical Center
120 Riverview St.
Franklin, NC 28734
Scheduling: (828) 369-4259

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital
125 Hospital Dr.
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Scheduling: (828) 766-1760 / (828) 766-1761

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital
190 Hospital Dr.
Highlands, NC 28711
Scheduling: (828) 369-4259

McDowell Hospital
430 Rankin Dr.
Marion, NC 28752
Scheduling: (828) 659-5160 / (828) 659-5163

Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Ave.
Asheville, 28801
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Mission Imaging Services
222 Asheland Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Transylvania Regional Hospital
260 Hospital Dr.
Brevard, NC 28712
Scheduling: (828) 883-5161

Mission Breast Imaging

Mission Health System provides a patient centered approach to breast cancer detection, prevention, patient and staff education, research and treatment making it one of the leading centers for breast health care in the region. What makes our Breast Health Program unique, however, is not the number of patients seen, but the exceptional care they receive every day. Each member of the technical staff is registered in Breast Imaging, and our board certified radiologists in Breast Imaging are all highly specialized to provide the best care possible.

Mission Health System encourages women to be active participants in their own health care. Having your breast imaging services at one of our locations ensures state-of-the-art quality breast imaging and diagnostic services including Mammography and Breast ultrasound. Select locations are now offering 3D mammography, Breast MRI and interventional breast procedures as well.

Call today to make an appointment at one of our convenient locations:

Angel Medical Center
120 Riverview St.
Franklin, NC 28734
Scheduling: (828) 369-4259

Now offering 3D Breast Tomosynthesis

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital
125 Hospital Dr.
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Scheduling: (828) 766-1760 / (828) 766-1761

Now offering 3D Breast Tomosynthesis


Highlands-Cashiers Hospital
190 Hospital Dr.
Highlands, NC 28711
Scheduling: (828) 369-4259

Hope Women’s Imaging Center
100 Ridgefield Ct., Suite C
Asheville, NC 28806
Scheduling: (828) 670-1876

Now offering 3D Breast Tomosynthesis

McDowell Hospital
430 Rankin Dr.
Marion, NC 28752
Scheduling: (828) 659-5160 / (828) 659-5163

Mission Breast Center
534 Biltmore Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Now offering 3D Breast Tomosynthesis

Transylvania Regional Hospital
260 Hospital Dr.
Brevard, NC 28712
Scheduling: (828) 883-5161

Now offering 3D Breast Tomosynthesis

Screening Services Only Provided at these Locations

Mission Breast Center
2695 Hendersonville Rd.
Arden, NC 28704
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Mission Breast Center
2 Town Square Blvd. Suite 110
Asheville, NC 28803
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Mission Imaging Services
360 Hospital Dr.
Clyde, NC 28791
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

MRI Services Only Provided at this Location

Mission Imaging Services
222 Asheland Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Computed Tomography (CT)

Mission Health technologists and radiologists use state-of-the-art CT scanners to produce high-quality images while focusing on patient safety and comfort.

Your provider can select a location that is closest to you or that offers the earliest available appointment.

Angel Medical Center
120 Riverview St.
Franklin, NC 28734
Scheduling: (828) 369-4259

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital
125 Hospital Dr.
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Scheduling: (828) 766-1760 / (828) 766-1761

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital
190 Hospital Dr.
Highlands, NC 28711
Scheduling: (828) 369-4259

Hope Women’s Imaging Center
100 Ridgefield Ct., Suite C
Asheville, NC 28806
Scheduling: (828) 670-1876

McDowell Hospital
430 Rankin Dr.
Marion, NC 28752
Scheduling: (828) 659-5160 / (828) 659-5163

Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Ave.
Asheville, 28801
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Mission Imaging Services
534 Biltmore Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Mission Imaging Services
2695 Hendersonville Rd.
Arden, NC 28704
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Transylvania Regional Hospital
260 Hospital Dr.
Brevard, NC 28712
Scheduling: (828) 883-5161

Ultrasound

Mission Health technologists and radiologists use state-of-the-art ultrasound scanners to produce high-quality images while focusing on patient safety and comfort. Some of our locations offer a 3D imaging scanner.

Your provider can select a location that is closest to you or that offers the earliest available appointment.

Angel Medical Center
120 Riverview St.
Franklin, NC 28734
Scheduling: (828) 369-4259

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital
125 Hospital Dr.
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Scheduling: (828) 766-1760 / (828) 766-1761

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital
190 Hospital Dr.
Highlands, NC 28711
Scheduling: (828) 369-4259

Hope Women’s Imaging Center
100 Ridgefield Ct., Suite C
Asheville, NC 28806
Scheduling: (828) 670-1876

McDowell Hospital
430 Rankin Dr.
Marion, NC 28752
Scheduling: (828) 659-5160 / (828) 659-5163

Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Mission Children’s Hospital
11 Vanderbilt Park Dr.
Asheville, NC 28803
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Mission Imaging Services
534 Biltmore Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Mission Imaging Services
2695 Hendersonville Road
Arden, NC 28704
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Mission Imaging Services
490 Hospital Dr.
Clyde, NC 28721
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Transylvania Regional Hospital
260 Hospital Dr.
Brevard, NC 28712
Scheduling: (828) 883-5161

Locations

Low-Dose Lung Cancer Screening:

Angel Medical Center
120 Riverview St.
Franklin, NC 28734
Scheduling: (828) 213-0695

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital 
125 Hospital Dr.
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Scheduling: (828) 213-0695

McDowell Hospital
430 Rankin Dr. 
Marion, NC 28752
Scheduling: (828) 213-0695

MRI

Angel Medical Center
120 Riverview St.
Franklin, NC 28734
Scheduling: (828) 369-4259

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital
125 Hospital Dr.
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Scheduling: (828) 766-1760 / (828) 766-1761

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital
190 Hospital Dr.
Highlands, NC 28711
Scheduling: (828) 369-4259

McDowell Hospital
430 Rankin Dr.
Marion, NC 28752
Scheduling: (828) 659-5160 / (828) 659-5163

Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Ave.
Asheville, 28801
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Mission Imaging Services
222 Asheland Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Transylvania Regional Hospital
260 Hospital Dr.
Brevard, NC 28712
Scheduling: (828) 883-5161

Mission Breast Imaging

Angel Medical Center
120 Riverview St.
Franklin, NC 28734
Scheduling: (828) 369-4259

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital
125 Hospital Dr.
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Scheduling: (828) 766-1760 / (828) 766-1761

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital
190 Hospital Dr.
Highlands, NC 28711
Scheduling: (828) 369-4259

Hope Women’s Imaging Center
100 Ridgefield Ct., Suite C
Asheville, NC 28806
Scheduling: (828) 670-1876

McDowell Hospital
430 Rankin Dr.
Marion, NC 28752
Scheduling: (828) 659-5160 / (828) 659-5163

Mission Breast Center
534 Biltmore Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Transylvania Regional Hospital
260 Hospital Dr.
Brevard, NC 28712
Scheduling: (828) 883-5161

Screening Services Only Provided at these Locations

Mission Breast Center
2695 Hendersonville Rd.
Arden, NC 28704
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Mission Breast Center
2 Town Square Blvd. Suite 110
Asheville, NC 28803
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Mission Imaging Services
360 Hospital Dr.
Clyde, NC 28791
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

MRI Services Only Provided at this Location

Mission Imaging Services
222 Asheland Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Computed Tomography (CT)

Angel Medical Center
120 Riverview St.
Franklin, NC 28734
Scheduling: (828) 369-4259

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital
125 Hospital Dr.
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Scheduling: (828) 766-1760 / (828) 766-1761

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital
190 Hospital Dr.
Highlands, NC 28711
Scheduling: (828) 369-4259

Hope Women’s Imaging Center
100 Ridgefield Ct., Suite C
Asheville, NC 28806
Scheduling: (828) 670-1876

McDowell Hospital
430 Rankin Dr.
Marion, NC 28752
Scheduling: (828) 659-5160 / (828) 659-5163

Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Ave.
Asheville, 28801
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Mission Imaging Services
534 Biltmore Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Mission Imaging Services
2695 Hendersonville Rd.
Arden, NC 28704
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Transylvania Regional Hospital
260 Hospital Dr.
Brevard, NC 28712
Scheduling: (828) 883-5161

Ultrasound

Angel Medical Center
120 Riverview St.
Franklin, NC 28734
Scheduling: (828) 369-4259

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital
125 Hospital Dr.
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Scheduling: (828) 766-1760 / (828) 766-1761

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital
190 Hospital Dr.
Highlands, NC 28711
Scheduling: (828) 369-4259

Hope Women’s Imaging Center
100 Ridgefield Ct., Suite C
Asheville, NC 28806
Scheduling: (828) 670-1876

McDowell Hospital
430 Rankin Dr.
Marion, NC 28752
Scheduling: (828) 659-5160 / (828) 659-5163

Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Mission Children’s Hospital
11 Vanderbilt Park Dr.
Asheville, NC 28803
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Mission Imaging Services
534 Biltmore Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Mission Imaging Services
2695 Hendersonville Rd.
Arden, NC 28704
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Mission Imaging Services
360 Hospital Dr.
Clyde, NC 28721
Scheduling: (828) 213-9729

Transylvania Regional Hospital
260 Hospital Dr.
Brevard, NC 28712
Scheduling: (828) 883-5161