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JohannesHD2016SmallTonya Johannes, ARNP-BC

Tonya Johannes, ARNP-BC, is a Family Nurse Practitioner at MHP who treats patients of all ages and has a special interest in skin care. 

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01 December 2016
Whether you’re a woman in need of her yearly mammogram or bringing your child in for an X-ray of a possible broken bone, radiation can be a concern. Do you know what radiation really is?MHP Director of Radiology does! In fact, her entire department would be lost without it! Radiation is used in various medical imaging tests to help determine the best treatment option for patients without extreme measures such as exploratory surgery. The ionizing ...
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Ever leave the Thanksgiving table feeling like you are the stuffed turkey? We’ve all had that experience at one time or another and it can lead to what’s so fondly referred to as a food coma and tight pants, which nobody enjoys! The average person gains one to two pounds every holiday season. May sound innocent enough but if you keep that on over 10 years, it adds up to 20 pounds! Keeping control during your holiday celebrations can leave everyo...

PET/CT Now Available

Mahaska Health Partnership Radiology will offer patients a powerful new diagnostic imaging system known as PET/CT, beginning Aug. 2.

 

This hybrid technology combines the strengths of two well-established imaging modalities in one imaging session to more accurately diagnose, locate, and stage cancers while increasing patient comfort. According to MHP Radiology Director Julie Hartke, BS, RT(R)(CT)(MR), a PET/CT scan is noninvasive and painless.

The mobile coach providing services at MHP combines the fastest and most sophisticated computed tomography (CT) technology with the most advanced Positron Emission Tomography (PET) technology.  The PET portion creates images of high metabolic activity in the body, such as in cancerous cells.  The CT portion allows doctors to see the internal structures within the human body.  Together, the fused images of a PET/CT scan allow physicians to view metabolic activity and precisely locate abnormal lesions so that they may target the disease.

Hartke said the PET/CT system allows physicians the ability of PET to detect metabolic activity of cancerous cells with the pinpoint accuracy in location of CT in a single test.  This type of hybrid imaging allows providers to more accurately diagnose patients and better plan and monitor their treatments. 

“Offering PET/CT Scans for detecting and treating cancers is another example of Mahaska Health Partnership’s commitment to innovation and technology for our patients and for our providers,” explained Hartke.  “Other examples of this commitment include a new surgical X-ray machine, digital mammography, digital diagnostic X-ray, digital imaging network (PACS), and in-house MRI and multi-slice CT.”

PET/CT services will be available at MHP every Tuesday afternoon.  For more information on radiology services available at MHP or to find out how the health system is making healthcare personal, call 641-672-3322 or visit our website at mahaskahealth.org.