Prof. Dr. Chantal Van Ongeval

Prof. Dr. Chantal Van Ongeval is a breast radiologist, clinical head of the breast imaging division of the Radiology Department and of the Multidisciplinary Breast Centre and head of the Department of Radiology at the University Hospitals.
She received her medical training at the University of Leuven, with special training in spectroscopy, MR and mammography. In 2010 Prof. Dr. Van Ongeval received her PhD on the subject of ‘Performance and Optimization of clinical digital mammography’.

As breast radiologist and lecturer at the University of Leuven, she discusses diagnosis and therapy of breast pathology, participates in trials and teaches students in medicine and radiology.

Prof. Dr. Van Ongeval is part of the breast screening program of the Leuven University Centre of Cancer prevention (LUCK) as a specialist/advisor in the Flemish organization of Breast Cancer Screening. She is actively involved in the follow-up of the performance of radiologists participating in breast cancer screening in Flanders.

As a result of her PhD work, she is involved in the evaluation of image quality of mammograms at a European Level (EUREF). She participates in research programs related to this topic and gives clinical advice to physicists and engineers, working in the Leuven University Centre for Medical Physics in Radiology (LUCFMR), on the development of new tests on digital mammography and breast tomosynthesis. This cooperation has resulted in the publication of several papers.
In this field, she is also advising companies manufacturing mammography systems.

Furthermore, Prof. Dr. Van Ongeval is a member of several national and international committees and boards engaged in research into the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. In addition to the Belgian Society of Radiology, she is a member of the European Society of Radiology (ESR), the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) and the European Society of Breast Imaging (EUSOBI) as well as project manager quality assurance digital mammography and chair of the Core Committee.