Mahaska Health Partnership has added new, state-of-the-art breast imaging technology by Siemens called 3D breast tomosynthesis. This technology, the most advanced in the region, takes aim at improving breast cancer detection, reducing false-positive findings and cutting patient call-backs. Siemens technology provides a 50-degree arc, which allows the technologist to build a 3D rendition of the breast and allows doctors to see the breast tissue in fine detail. Radiologists can then see more clearly through breast tissue that may be overlapping or through the tissue of women with dense breasts. Hartke said doctors are better able to detect and diagnose small tumors and rule out abnormalities that may have looked suspicious in the patient’s 2D mammogram.
The annual Tulip Festival in Pella is just a month away, and this year will mark the 25th anniversary of the Klompen Classic 5k fun run. The first event involved just a few hundred participants; today the race draws over 2,000 runners and walkers – 2016 saw the biggest crowd ever with 2,410 registered participants. Crossroads of Pella sponsors the Klompen Classic; executive director Jim Hibma says holding the race the night before the start of Tulip Time has helped the event grow into what it is today. The Klompen Classic begins on May 2 with a free kids run at 6 p.m. at the Vermeer Windmill, and the 5K at 7 p.m. at the corner of Main Street and Washington Street. Awards will be given a 8 p.m. on the Tulip Toren stage.