Cardiac Imaging of Fayetteville brings a fully equipped mobile van that provides nuclear medicine services to Elizabethtown every other Wednesday afternoon beginning at 1 p.m.
The service takes referrals from Dr. Cottle, whose office sets up the appointments for it.
Cardiac Imaging is a totally mobile service that provides a variety of services to locations throughout the eastern half of the state. The company, which has been in business six years, specializes in providing nuclear medicine stress tests, ultrasound, and Sonarex (shockwave therapy for orthopedic problems).
The company's ultrasound unit also comes to Dr. Cottle's office on a regularly scheduled basis.
The nuclear medicine stress test looks for obstructions in the coronary arteries. After the testing is completed, the images are sent to a cardiologist at Duke Medical Center, who interprets the results.
The mobile unit operates with two personnel-a certified nuclear medicine technician and a registered nurse.
Tom Dudley, the registered nurse working on the unit last Wednesday, said that the unit works with approximately 30 to 40 cases each week.
Dudley said the mobile service offers convenience to patients and physicians alike, especially physicians in rural areas.
"Results (of the nuclear medicine stress test) are usually available within 48 hours and can be ready within 24 hours if necessary," Dudley said.
He pointed out that the mobile unit has all the necessary equipment to react in the event of a medical emergency.
For further information on the service, contact Dr. Cottle's office at 862-2900.