Complete investigation of prostate cancer
– in accordance with the current guidelines

Progardia is Denmark's first private diagnostic imaging clinic capable of carrying out a complete investigation of prostate cancer in accordance with the current guidelines.

Our primary focus is investigation of prostate cancer in our 3 Tesla MRI scanners, but we also offer, among other things, MRI full body scans.

About Progardia Healthcare

20 years of experience

The staff behind Progardia has over 20 years of experience in operating private imaging clinics. Our team consists exclusively of the best within radiography, radiology and urology. Our imaging equipment is brand new and the best there is.

In all, Progardia is created to be the obvious place for the citizen who wants the best diagnostic imaging report.

Employees

Niels Thagaard

CEO and founder
Niels has over 20 years of experience in diagnostic imaging companies.

In 2000, he founded Thava Imaging A/S, which quickly became Denmark's largest imaging company in close collaboration with Region South, Privathospitalet Hamlet and several others. Thava provided diagnostic imaging services within e.g. MRI, CT, Dexa, UL and Mammography.

In 2012, he founded Astra Billeddiagnostik A/S, which through a close collaboration with Copenhagen Private Hospital in Kgs. Lyngby became a leader in MRI in the metropolitan area. In 2016, Astra Imaging Diagnostics was acquired by CFR/Capio.

Anne Bjeld Dinesen

Center manager
Anne has more than 25 years of experience in the health sector.

She was trained as a medical secretary at Fredericia Hospital in 1993 and has since then been employed in several different specialties, including orthopedic surgery, medicine, urology, gynecology and radiology.

Prior to joining Progardia, she was employed by Documentation and Management Information in the Region of Southern Denmark, where she among other things, has worked with the implementation of the Region of Southern Denmark's reporting to the new National Patient Register, LPR3, registration practice at the region's hospitals, input data as well as output data.

Hella Thagesen

Deputy center manager
Hella has been employed in the healthcare sector for more than 30 years.

She was trained as a medical secretary in 1985 and was subsequently employed at Middelfart Hospital in the, at the time, Hospital Fyn.

From 2002, Hella has been employed in positions with management responsibilities, first as Hotline Coordinator in Sygehus Fyn, senior medical secretary at the medical department Middelfart Hospital, Service desk manager in the regional house in the Region of Southern Denmark and then reception manager at Odense University Hospital.

Ole Graumann

Specialist, clinical associate professor, PhD and research leader
Ole is a specialist in diagnostics and works daily as chief physician at the Department of Radiology at Odense University Hospital (OUH) and as head of the Radiological Research and Innovation Unit at the University of Southern Denmark.

Ole graduated as a doctor from the University of Aarhus in 2004. After a rotation in Southern Jutland, Ole trained as a specialist in Radiology in the Region of Southern Denmark during his Ph.D. at the University of Southern Denmark. Ole was chief physician in charge of research at the Department of Imaging at Aarhus University Hospital for 3 years before he was headhunted for his current position in 2016.

Jon Asmussen

Specialist in radiology
Jon is employed as chief physician in charge of oncological radiology at Odense University Hospital.

Jon is originally from Southern Jutland and studied medicine at Odense University, where he passed his medical degree in 1995. After a rotation and radiological introductory education in Central Jutland, he completed radiological specialist training in Esbjerg and Odense, and completed this in 2004.

Jon has since further specialized in diagnostic imaging within investigation and treatment of cancers with ultrasound, X-ray, CT, MRI and hybrid methods with PET. He has also been employed at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen and at Waikato Hospital in Hamilton, New Zealand, as well as at numerous international continuing education courses in Sweden, Switzerland, England and the USA.

John Hjarbæk

Medical officer, specialist in radiology
Medical degree from Odense University 1986, Specialist in Diagnostic Radiology in 1994. Received Norwegian Specialist recognition in radiology in 1998.

Basic education and course position in diagnostic radiology at Odense University Hospital with additional education at Vejle-Give hospital.

From 1994 to 2007 1st reserve doctor / chief physician in Vejle resp. Odense with musculoskeletal radiology as area of responsibility.

Then 4 years as chief physician and medical director at Thava Imaging, Middelfart

Subsequently employed as chief physician at Musculoskeletal section Radiology Department Odense University Hospital.

23 scientific publications primarily in the field of musculoskeletal and physiological. From 1993 to 2018 clinical associate professor and external examiner at Odense University and the University of Southern Denmark at X-ray diagnostics and clinical biomechanics.

Kim Jensen

Overradiograf & MR-specialist

Kim has over 20 years of experience in diagnostic imaging. Since 2001, he has been an MRI specialist.

In the period 2001-2007, he was employed at Kolding Hospital, where he among other things was involved in implementing the first 2 MRI scanners at the Hospital. He was employed as an MRI specialist and Deputy Head at THAVA Imaging in Middelfart in the period 2007-2011, where he in close collaboration with the radiologists was responsible for the MRI protocols on the two 1.5T MRI scanners.

He also tried his hand at leadership, as Deputy Head of the center manager. From 2011 to 2020, he has been an MRI specialist at Kolding Hospital, where in the period 2016-2020 he was a ward radiographer for MRI scanning and vascular intervention.

He is known for being innovative and visionary. In 2015 he took the initiative to establish a child-friendly MRI environment, which resulted in a development project Children Centered Care: Minimizing the need for anesthesia with a multi-faceted concept for MRI in children aged 4-6. The article was included in the European Journal Of Radiology as the concept reduced the need for anesthesia, aged 4-6 years, from 57% to an impressive 5%. In addition to this he is studying management at master's level at the University of Southern Denmark and Aarhus University.

Per Ulrich

MRI specialist
Per has 20+ years of experience in diagnostic imaging. MRI specialist since 2007.

Employed at Kolding Hospital from 2002-2020. The first many years as a CT superuser, but switched to MRI in 2006. In the period 2006-2020, he participated in the implementation of 2 MRI scanners at Kolding Hospital. He has been responsible for the development of MRI protocols and procedure book for the MRI scanners 1.5T and 3T, respectively, in collaboration with the radiologists.

As an MRI specialist, Per has participated in many of the MRI courses offered in Denmark and several international courses in Europe and the United States. Per has regularly participated in Workshops and congresses within MR.

He has been responsible for teaching students and new radiographers in MRI technique as well as performing MRI scans. He has written several posts in the Radiograph Council's trade magazine and prepared a Poster on MRI scan of blood vessels for ISRRT.

Per has been a leader in the spread of MRI safety in Kolding and Denmark.

In 2020, Per started working at Progardia Healthcare.

Martin Mørck Mortensen

Specialist in urology, Ph.d.

Martin Mørck Mortensen is a urologist specializing in prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Han har skrevet en Ph.d om molekylære karakteristika ved aggressiv prostatacancer og har erfaring med MR-baseret diagnostik af prostata fra sit arbejde som overlæge på Skejby Universitetshospital.

Martin Mørck Mortensen udfører til dagligt robot-assisteret kikkertoperation for prostatakræft og har stor erfaring i rådgivning om behandling af prostatakræft herunder beslutning om behandling eller observation.

Som en af de få urologer i Danmark har Martin Mørck Mortensen udført steril biopsi af prostata gennem mellemkødet; en procedure der fjerner risikoen for infektion efter prostatabiopsi.

Jørgen Vallø

Specialist in radiology
Medical degree from the University of Copenhagen 1983.

Specialist in Diagnostic Radiology in 1990. Danish, Swedish and Norwegian authorization in Radiology.

Specialist education radiology in Eksjö and Jönköping, Sweden 1986 – 1990.

1990 – 1994 Department doctor MR - center Ryhov, Jönköping.

1994 – 1995 Chief physician MR center Ryhov, Jönköping.

1995 – 2000 Chief physician Sønderborg hospital and CEO Chief physician Aabenraa hospital.

2000 – 2011 Chief physician and co-owner Thava Imaging Aabenraa, Middelfart and Thava Hamlet.

2011 - MR Radiology Consultant Astra BDC, Capio and Adeas.

Several scientific articles primarily neck degenerative diseases as well as rheumatic diseases.

Main areas of interest are neuro- and muscle and joint MRI. Taught MRI diagnostics on both Danish and Swedish MRI courses. Course activity primarily neuro-, muscle- and joint MRI.

Jens Thygesen

Cand. med. and specialist in general medicine

Jens Thygesen is the founder and partner of Thygesen Health. He is among Denmark's most experienced doctors in in-depth preventive health examinations.

Board of Directors

Mikkel Thagaard

Chairman of the Board
Mikkel has 20 years of experience with technology companies.

Mikkel has been a founding partner and strategic consultant for i.a. three European technology startups within Computer Vision and image compression. Of these, 2 were sold to Apple Inc. and most recently to Google Inc.

In addition, Mikkel was chairman of the board of Astra Billeddiagnostik, which was acquired by CFR / Capio.

In addition to Progardia, Mikkel is operationally involved in a number of European startups within artificial intelligence and data security, as a board member and consultant.

Niels Thagaard

Board member and CEO of Progardia
Niels has over 20 years of experience in diagnostic imaging companies.

In 2000, he founded Thava Imaging A/S, which quickly became Denmark's largest imaging company in close collaboration with Region South, Privathospitalet Hamlet and several others. Thava provided diagnostic imaging services within e.g. MRI, CT, Dexa, UL and Mammography.

In 2012, he founded Astra Billeddiagnostik A/S, which through a close collaboration with Copenhagen Private Hospital in Kgs. Lyngby became a leader in MRI in the metropolitan area. In 2016, Astra Imaging Diagnostics was acquired by CFR/Capio.

Kjeld Møller Pedersen

Board member
Kjeld Møller Pedersen is a professor of health economics and politics.

Professor at the University of Southern Denmark 1975-1987, 1999- and Aalborg University 2006 and 1987-1991 county health director in Vejle County. 1991 - 1999 Director and Executive Vice President of the LEGO Group.

Kjeld Møller Pedersen was a member of the Hospital Commission (1998-1999), Chairman of the Advisory Committee on the health service (2001-2003) and a member of the advisory committee regarding superhospitals (2007-2013).

Chairman of the Board Filadelfia (epilepsy, neurorehabilitation, residences), chairman of the Dafolo Foundation, board member Dafolo A/S, member of the board of the Lung Association and chairman of the Education Council.

Claus Toftgaard

Board member
Claus Toftgaard is a specialist in surgery, Master of Public Management and former chief physician and chief physician at Vejle Hospital.

He has been hospital director at Haderslev Hospital and health director in the county of Southern Jutland and the Region of Southern Denmark.

Claus is a consultant in the Health Service's Organization and a former board member of Astra Billeddiagnostik A/S.

In addition, Claus is a censor in medical examinations at the country's universities.