Athanasiou Alexandra

Athanasiou Alexandra Radiologist

Director, Mammography

Education & Academic Qualifications

  • December 2007: Board-certified for Oncologic imaging according to the French Medical System (Concours de Praticiens Spécialistes de Centres de Lutte contre le Cancer).
  • 2006-2007: Master in Bio-Engineering, Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielle  de la ville de Paris, University Paris 5.
  • 1997-2002: Radiology specialty training, University Hospital of Heraklion, Greece, (Head of Dept Prof Gourtsoyiannis).
  • 1995-1997: 2-year medical practice in remote rural area (compulsory in Greece before specialization).
  • 1988-1995:  MD Degree, Medical School, University of Athens.

Professional experience

  • 15th April 2014-today: Head of Breast Imaging Department, Mitera Hospital.
  • 2005-31st March 2014: Consultant Radiologist at Curie Cancer Institute, Paris, France.
  • 2003-2005: Consultant Radiologist at Gustave Roussy Oncological Institute, Villejuif-Paris France. 
  • 2002-2003: Consultant  Radiologist at CHU Necker and CHU Tenon hospitals, Paris.


  • Scientific Board of the EUSOBI (European Society of Breast Imaging)
  • Faculty of ESOR (European School of Radiology)
  • Secretary of the Hellenic Society of Breast Imaging

Member of

  • ESR (European Society of Radiology)
  • SFR (Société Française de Radiologie)
  • EUSOBI (European Society of Breast Imaging)
  • SIFEM (Société d’Imagerie de la Femme)

Reviewer for

  • European Radiology
  • European Journal of Radiology
  • European Journal of Ultrasound


Domain of clinical practice: Breast diagnostic and interventional procedures, Breast MRI,  High-risk Women surveillance, multidisciplinary staff radiologist.

Full list of research protocols:

  • Optical Breast Imaging : detection and characterization of breast lesions with infrared camera (DOBI : dynamical optical breast imaging). Gustave Roussy Institute, 2003-2005
  • Breast Ultrasound contrast agents: detection and characterization of US breast lesions. Gustave Roussy Institute, 2003-2005
  • Static Elastography. Multicentric study: characterization of US breast lesions with the Hitachi system.  Curie Institute, 2005-2007
  • Supersonic Shear wave Imaging Elastography .Multicentric study: Feasibility  and application for the detection and characterization of US breast lesions Curie Institute 2007-2009
  • Breast Tomosynthesis and Contrast Enhanced Mammography. Multicentric study: Feasibility and clinical applications. Curie Institute 2009-2011 
  • 3D Shear wave Imaging in patients under neoadjuvant chemotherapy for  breast cancer. Feasibility and clinical applications. Curie Institute, ESPCI (Paris) 2012-2014


  • Feasibility of Imaging and Treatment Monitoring of Breast Lesions with Three-Dimensional Shear Wave Elastography.
    Athanasiou A, Latorre-Ossa H, Criton A, Tardivon A, Gennisson JL, Tanter M.
    Ultraschall Med. 2015 Mar 5. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Complex cystic breast masses in ultrasound examination.
    Athanasiou A, Aubert E, Vincent Salomon A, Tardivon A.
    Diagn Interv Imaging. 2014 Feb;95(2):169-79. doi: 10.1016/j.diii.2013.12.008. Epub 2014 Jan 13.
  • ShearWave™ Elastography BE1 multinational breast study: additional SWE™ features support potential to downgrade BI-RADS®-3 lesions.
    Schäfer FK, Hooley RJ, Ohlinger R, Hahne U, Madjar H, Svensson WE, Balu-Maestro C, Juhan V,Athanasiou A, Mundinger A, Order B, Locatelli M, Cosgrove D, Wolf OJ, Henry JP, Moutfi M, Gay JM, Cohen-Bacrie C.
    Ultraschall Med. 2013 Jun;34(3):254-9. doi: 10.1055/s-0033-1335523. Epub 2013 May 24.
  • Giant basal cell carcinoma with regional lymph node and distant lung metastasis.
    Aldhaban S, Marc S, Eshki M, Girod A, Boissonet H, Chapelier A, Carlotti A, Sastre-Garau X, Athanasiou A, Zemoura L, Bolle S, Wallach D, Avril MF.
    Eur J Dermatol. 2011 Nov-Dec;21(6):972-5. doi: 10.1684/ejd.2011.1519
  • Breast lesions: quantitative elastography with supersonic shear imaging–preliminary results.
    Athanasiou A, Tardivon A, Tanter M, Sigal-Zafrani B, Bercoff J, Deffieux T, Gennisson JL, Fink M, Neuenschwander S.
    Radiology. 2010 Jul;256(1):297-303. doi: 10.1148/radiol.10090385. Epub 2010 May 26.
  • Vacuum-assisted biopsies under MR guidance: results of 72 procedures.
    Malhaire C, El Khoury C, Thibault F, Athanasiou A, Petrow P, Ollivier L, Tardivon A.
    Eur Radiol. 2010 Jul;20(7):1554-62. doi: 10.1007/s00330-009-1707-9. Epub 2010 Jan 30.
  • Non-germ cell tumours arising in germ cell tumours (teratoma with malignant transformation) in men: CT and MR findings.
    Athanasiou A, Vanel D, El Mesbahi O, Theodore C, Fizazi K.
    Eur J Radiol. 2009 Feb;69(2):230-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2008.10.013. Epub 2008 Dec 3.
  • New potential and applications of contrast-enhanced ultrasound of the breast: Own investigations and review of the literature.
    Balleyguier C, Opolon P, Mathieu MC, Athanasiou A, Garbay JR, Delaloge S, Dromain C.
    Eur J Radiol. 2009 Jan;69(1):14-23. doi: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2008.07.037. Epub 2008 Oct 31. Review.
  • Dynamic optical breast imaging: a novel technique to detect and characterize tumor vessels.
    Fournier LS, Vanel D, Athanasiou A, Gatzemeier W, Masuykov IV, Padhani AR, Dromain C, Galetti K, Sigal R, Costa A, Balleyguier C.
    Eur J Radiol. 2009 Jan;69(1):43-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2008.07.038. Epub 2008 Sep 30.
  • How to optimize breast ultrasound.
    Athanasiou A, Tardivon A, Ollivier L, Thibault F, El Khoury C, Neuenschwander S.
    Eur J Radiol. 2009 Jan;69(1):6-13. doi: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2008.07.034. Epub 2008 Sep 24. Review.
  • [MR breast screening in patients with genetic mutation].
    Daguet E, Malhaire C, Hardit C, Athanasiou A, El Khoury C, Thibault F, Ollivier L, Tardivon A; Groupe Femmes à Risque de l’Institut Curie.
    J Radiol. 2008 Jun;89(6):783-90. French.
  • Quantitative assessment of breast lesion viscoelasticity: initial clinical results using supersonic shear imaging.
    Tanter M, Bercoff J, Athanasiou A, Deffieux T, Gennisson JL, Montaldo G, Muller M, Tardivon A, Fink M.
    Ultrasound Med Biol. 2008 Sep;34(9):1373-86. doi: 10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2008.02.002. Epub 2008 Apr 8.
  • [Indications of MRI in the initial local staging of early-stage breast cancer].
    Tardivon A, Athanasiou A, Ollivier L, Neuenschwander S.
    Gynecol Obstet Fertil. 2007 May;35(5):457-63. Epub 2007 Apr 18. French.
  • Optical mammography: a new technique for visualizing breast lesions in women presenting non palpable BIRADS 4-5 imaging findings: preliminary results with radiologic-pathologic correlation.
    Athanasiou A, Vanel D, Fournier L, Balleyguier C.
    Cancer Imaging. 2007 Feb 28;7:34-40.
  • [Retroperitoneal sarcomas imaging].
    Bidault FJ, Vanel D, Athanasiou A, Pigneur F, Lopez I, Petrow P, Sigal R, Bonvalot S.
    Bull Cancer. 2006 Dec;93(12):1167-74. Review. French.
    Quiz. Primary breast amyloidosis.
    Athanasiou A, Vanel D, Tomasic G, Bidault F, Balleyguier C.
    Eur J Radiol. 2007 Feb;61(2):184-6. Epub 2006 Dec 12.
  • Breast imaging and reporting data system (BIRADS) magnetic resonance imaging illustrated cases.
    Tardivon AA, Athanasiou A, Thibault F, El Khoury C.
    Eur J Radiol. 2007 Feb;61(2):216-23. Epub 2006 Dec 6.
  • Breast imaging and reporting data system (BIRADS): magnetic resonance imaging.
    Tardivon AA, Athanasiou A, Thibault F, El Khoury C.
    Eur J Radiol. 2007 Feb;61(2):212-5. Epub 2006 Dec 4.
  • Medullary breast carcinoma: a case report with cytological features and histological confirmation.
    Aouni NE, Athanasiou A, Mansouri D, Marsiglia H, Mathieu MC, Suciu V, Vielh P.
    Diagn Cytopathol. 2006 Oct;34(10):701-3.
  • Breast radiological cases: training with BIRADS classification.
    Balleyguier C, Vanel D, Athanasiou A, Mathieu MC, Sigal R.
    Eur J Radiol. 2005 Apr;54(1):97-106.
  • Dynamic optical breast imaging: a new technique to visualise breast vessels: comparison with breast MRI and preliminary results.
    Athanasiou A, Vanel D, Balleyguier C, Fournier L, Mathieu MC, Delaloge S, Dromain C.
    Eur J Radiol. 2005 Apr;54(1):72-9.
  • [Understanding CAD (computer-aided diagnosis) in mammography].
    Balleyguier C, Boyer B, Athanasiou A, Vanel D, Sigal R.
    J Radiol. 2005 Jan;86(1):29-35. Review. French.
  • Sedations and analgesia in patients undergoing percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage.
    Hatzidakis AA, Charonitakis E, Athanasiou A, Tsetis D, Chlouverakis G, Papamastorakis G, Roussopoulou G, Gourtsoyiannis NC.
    Clin Radiol. 2003 Feb;58(2):121-7.
  • Speaker-Session Moderator  in numerous  international congresses

Academic teaching


  • Oncologic Imaging courses for 5th and 6th year medical school students 
  • DU (diplome universitaire)  Cochin and Saint-Anne Hospitals, Paris


  • Breast MRI work-shops (organised by Curie Institute)
  • Breast biopsy work-shops (organised by Curie Institute)
  • Whole-body MR courses (organised  by University  V, Paris)
  • ESOR courses for Breast Imaging
  • ECR Refresher courses for Breast Elastograph
  • JFR Refresher courses for Breast Imaging