What services do we provide?

TESTS

We are a center for breast imaging (senology) and we carry out tests both for SCREENING and DIAGNOSIS.

There are currently two types of screening tests :
The individual screening combines history taking, a physical examination, a mammography, and if needed (based on the results of the mammography), an ultrasound.
The Mammotest is offered solely to women aged 50 to 69 and is organized by the ministry of health. This free test consists of a standardized mammography that is subjected to quality control and double reading in an independent center. This test does not include a medical consultation. Our center is certified to carry out Mammotests and is equipped to comply with the screening program. The results are sent to the patient’s physician after double reading.

To diagnose breast diseases we use both mammography and ultrasound. According to our findings we perform biopsies with mammography (“stereotactic” biopsies or under tomosynthesis) or with ultrasound (ultrasound biopsies).
There are three types of biopsy: fine-needle aspiration, thru-cut, and core-needle biopsy with aspiration.
The biopsies are sent to the BORDET laboratory and analyzed by pathologists who are experts in breast pathology (mainly Pr D. Larsimont). We also perform ductographies.

EQUIPMENT

The center is equipped with state-of-the-art medical technology, with a fully digital mammography system SIEMENS’ MAMMOMAT REVELATION and a latest generation ultrasound system SIEMENS’ ACUSON SÉQUOIA. The center also has high definition screens and an archiving system allowing us to keep all records of tests performed at the center and thus facilitating crosschecking with previous tests. This equipment is in compliance with the European quality standards as well as with the Belgian federal screening program.

QUALITY CONTROL

Our equipment is subjected to biannual quality inspections by agents accredited with the ministry of health. Moreover, the center performs internal quality control testing to ensure consistent equipment performance.

RESULTS

At the end of the visit (except for mammotests) a report is drafted and sent by post and email (e-health) to the referring physician.
The images are recorded on a CD-ROM which is usually given to the patient at the end of the visit.
In the event of an unusual situation, the doctor always contacts the general practitioner or the gynecologist to ensure fast and seamless communication.