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Volume 8 Supplement 1

Symposium Mammographicum 2006

  • Poster Presentation
  • Open Access

Audit to assess the quality of mammograms in a symptomatic service providing family history screening

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Breast Cancer Research20068 (Suppl 1) :P73

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  • Breast Cancer
  • Family History
  • Cancer Research
  • General Hospital
  • Mammography Screening


To determine whether the standard of mammography in a district general hospital's symptomatic service is equivalent to that in the NHSBSP. NICE guidance recommends that mammography for women with a family history of breast cancer should be to NHSBSP standards and should be audited [1]. The quality of mammograms is an important component of a mammography screening service.

The NHSBSP's minimum standard for mammography is that < 3% of examinations should be repeated, with a target of 2% [2].


Two hundred consecutive film sets were assessed by symptomatic mammographers and 22% were reassessed by a screening mammographer, using Perfect, Good, Moderate, Inadequate (PGMI) criteria [2].


Seventy-three per cent of films scored by the symptomatic radiographers were assessed as 'good' or 'perfect', 3% were technically inadequate. The BSU mammographer scored fewer films as 'good' or 'perfect'. Mammograms on women up to the age of 70 were assessed with a reject rate of 1%, with 87% of films assessed as 'good' or 'perfect'.


This audit has shown that the symptomatic mammographers produce films to a standard sufficient to provide family history mammography.

Authors’ Affiliations

Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, UK
Aylesbury Breast Screening Service, Aylesbury, UK


  1. Familial Breast Cancer. 2004, NICE Clinical Guidelines CGO14Google Scholar
  2. Quality Assurance Guidelines for Radiographers. 2000, NHSBSP Publication No. 30Google Scholar


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