Our priority: to provide you with accurate results quickly and efficiently, allowing you to make the right decision in a timely manner for the benefit of your patient.

Overview of activities

Histology, cytology, and frozen cuts are performed in the Pathology Lab.

Gynaecological cytology uses thin layer cytology (ThinPrep┬«, supplied by Hologic).
In order to further improve quality, we use ThinPrep® imaging technology, an automated system that assists in the primary screening of ThinPrep® thin-layer cytology samples.
Since April 2012, we have partnered with the MultiCyte ThinPrep Imaging Group of the pathology lab of Jan Yperman Hospital in Ypres to use this imaging technique.

Advantages of this technology:

  • The computer selects the relevant fields in a standardized manner.
  • The pathologist's attention is focused on the most relevant fields.

All samples are screened by the pathologists themselves.
The collaboration with the Jan Yperman hospital's Pathology Lab includes HPV typing (Roche Cobas), a molecular test for detection (high risk) HPV DNA in certain indications.

Immuno-histochemical and histochemical tests are performed by the Pathology Lab at OLV hospital Aalst and reviewed by the pathologists of AZ Jan Portaels.

Logistics services

Regular collection of samples

  • Samples from outpatients are collected from physicians via afternoon and evening rounds on weekdays and Saturday afternoons if desired.
  • Urgent pick-ups will be organized upon request.
  • Clear rules are critical here so that the lab can meet the requesting physician's expectations.
  • Please discuss your requirements with the logistics manager.
    For more information, please call: 02/257 52 20.

Delivery of material

  • Collection materials for physicians who co-operate with our hospital can be ordered through the order list materials for physicians.
  • The materials ordered will be delivered free of charge the next day via our courier.