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Dear colleagues and friends,

We are happy to invite you to our joint ETCA – ISGE ‘Masterclass Hysteroscopy & Ultrasound – Building Bridges’ on 17 – 18 May 2019 in Antwerp – Belgium. 2019 is the last year that the ETCA (Endoscopic Training Center Antwerp) will be housed in the Stuivenberg hospital.
In 2020 the move to the new CADIX hospital is on the program. That is why this ‘Masterclass’ in the old buildings of the Stuivenberg hospital is a kind of  ‘end of an era’ …

It is clear that when we aim to perform the most appropriate and safe surgery the hysteroscopist needs the best possible pre-operative diagnosis… coming from diagnostic hysteroscopy and, more and more, from high quality ultrasound imaging.

In this Masterclass we will focus both on the newest developments in hysteroscopy and the most up-to-date novelties in the field of gynaecological ultrasound.
Friday and Saturday morning we will have state of the art lectures on actual ‘hot topics’ with many opportunities for interaction with the experts. Both Friday and Saturday afternoon are entirely dedicated to hands-on / practical exercises.

A range of ‘nearly live’ hysteroscopic procedures can be practiced on the Karl Storz Virtual Reality Simulator for Gynecology. Furthermore the training in hysteroscopy includes polyp and myoma resection with bipolar resectoscope and with Bigatti shaver.
The ultrasound practical session uses two Volutracer O.P.U.S. transvaginal simulators. It is an ultrasound learning system with real ultrasound cases; trainees scan the given cases as if scanning the actual patient.

Also several high-end ultrasound machines are present and are commented by the expert instructors.

  • Number of participants: 20 + 4 registrars
  • Course language: English
  • CME credits have been asked for this event

Looking forward to meeting you in Antwerp,

Bart De Vree              Bruno van Herendael
Wouter Froyman      Thierry Van Den Bosch

Scientific program

17 – 18 mei 2019, ETCA – ZNA campus Stuivenberg – Antwerp – Belgium

Course directors

  • Bart De Vree
  • Bruno van Herendael
  • Wouter Froyman
  • Thierry Van Den Bosch

Invited faculty

  • J. Bosteels
  • Ch. De Bruyn
  • B. de Vree
  • M. Francx
  • W. Froyman
  • T. Haemerlynck
  • E. Roets
  • B. Tas
  • S. Van Calenbergh
  • T. Van den Bosch
  • B. van Herendael
  • D. Van Schoubroeck
  • R. Vanspauwen

Friday, May 17

09:00 Welcome/registration
09:40 Introduction
10:00 What’s new in gynaecological ultrasound – W. Froyman
10:20 What’s new in hysteroscopic instrumentation – B. van Herendael
10:40 Case Report (fibroid) – Ch. De Bruyn
11:00 Confrontation: pre-op assessment of fibroids before hysteroscopic treatment
• Hysteroscopy – B. De Vree
• Ultrasound – W. Froyman
11:45 State of the art: Evaluation of the pre-operative sarcoma risk – T. Van Den Bosch
12:15 Discussion
12:45 Lunch
14:00 – 17:00 Hands-on ultrasound and operative hysteroscopy

Saturday, May 18

09:00 Welcome
09:30 State of the art: Hysteroscopic myomectomy, the evolution : past, present and future – B. van Herendael
10:00 Case Report (endometrium/polyps) – Ch. De Bruyn
10:15 Confrontation: diagnosis and treatment in the patient with abnormal uterine bleeding (endometrium/polyps)
• Hysteroscopy – S. Van Calenbergh
• Ultrasound – T. Van Den Bosch
11:00 State of the art: New approaches in the diagnosis of uterine malformations – D. Van Schoubroeck
11:30 A new topic in hysteroscopy: niche or cesarean scar defect – B. De Vree
11:50 Confrontation: New modalities in diagnosis and treatment of placental remnants
• Ultrasound – E. Roets
• Hysteroscopy – T. Hamerlynck
12:20 Discussion
12:45 Lunch
14:00 – 17:00 Hands-on ultrasound and operative hysteroscopy


ETCA (Endoscopic Training Centre Antwerp)
ZNA Campus Stuivenberg
Lange Beeldekensstraat 267
B- 2060 Antwerpen – Belgium – Europe


For registration, payment details and all further questions regarding this Masterclass Hysteroscopy & Ultrasound – Building Bridges please contact info@etca.be.
Please make registration payments to Gyntech, account number IBAN: BE06 0012 9696 0122, BIC GEBABEBB, bank BNP PariBas Fortis Brasschaat.

Course fees
Regular rate € 270
VVOG or ISGE members € 240
registrars (limited number – proof of residency required) € 170

Our sponsors


Hysteroscopy and ultrasound, building bridges

Please email your registration to info@etca.be