Every new medical innovation that is located closer to home is for most people a blessing and a comfort. Jan. 21 an ultrasound clinic opened in Salem to offer better care to patients who live in the area so they will not have to travel far to have an ultrasound performed.
Doctors Diagnostics, LLC, is operated by doctors Jim Bozeman, Michael Camp and Rebecca Phillips. The clinic is in suite two of the Shaver Office Complex.
The clinic provides nonevasive ultrasound studies five days a week and is in the process of being able to offer risk-screening clinics. "Particular attention to anyone with a history of high blood pressure, sugar diabetes, cholesterol abnormalities, smoking and a strong family history of heart disease and leg pain with walking would benefit through these available diagnostic ultrasound studies," Dr. Camp wrote in a letter announcing the opening of the clinic.
In an interview, Dr. Camp said only those who have a great need and feel they will benefit from a risk-screening should have one done. Medicare and insurance will pay for the procedure only if a doctor has ordered it. Otherwise, the patient will have to pay for the screening.
"The ultrasound clinic has been established in order to add to the recent continued advance and improvements in Fulton County," Dr. Camp wrote. "This medical area is a solid and reliable resource for medical care. There are quality physicians and an interested citizen leadership that continues to meet and assure access to a progressive health care system. Certified technicians, diagnostic center and (an) interpreting physician (will provide) this service."
"I've felt Fulton County has always been an important area in north central Arkansas," Dr. Camp said. "You've got the bigger cities with the tertiary (specialized) care. You've got to have that so you can have such specialized care, like Baxter hospital (BRMC) would do coronary stints and open heart surgery. But, when the recent gas crunch really came and people were paying $4 a gallon, driving over to Mountain Home, which is only 30 miles away and back was not an inexpensive venture."
Dr. Camp said he had the need to help those in Fulton County who couldn't travel so far on a tight budget. "I felt like, if we could bring these tests here to the patients, then that would at least save a trip (to a farther location)," Dr. Camp said.
"A lot of people aren't blessed. They can't get rides," Dr. Camp said. "People have to get church members (or) extended family members to drive them back and forth. Then, they feel like they're imposing and sometimes they're in a physician's office for two or three hours and you have a lot of time there that you're losing too, and one thing that you never get back is time. Out of everything precious, time is probably one of the big ones."
"The ultrasounds would include looking at the heart, looking at the neck arteries for blockage, which can cause strokes," Dr. Camp said in the interview. "Leg arteries, if they have blockages, we can look at those as well and make measurements to see if the cause of the problems is where something can be done to help, either medications or some type of intervention; looking in the stomach blood vessel for aneurysms, which can happen, in fact, with a family history of it; and then just ultrasounds of the abdomen in general, gallbladder (and) gallstones."
"(The clinic) offers an opportunity for many to decrease the cost and the difficulties that can be caused by the need to travel for studies which could otherwise be provided here," Dr. Camp wrote. "I hope to see a continued trend of specialists returning to the local community in order to meet the needs of our patients."
Dr. Camp said he would like to see more specialists come to the need of Fulton County residents. "I would like to see, and I don't have any influence over this, an orthopedic clinic here," Dr. Camp said. "I'd love to see an oncology clinic here, maybe not every day of the week but something, again, can save people some of that travel."