Volume 6 Supplement 1

Symposium Mammographicum 2004

Open Access

Monitoring radiographic data within the West Midlands National Health Service Breast Screening Programme

  • J Baker1,
  • E O'Sullivan1 and
  • O Kearins1
Breast Cancer Research20046(Suppl 1):P53

https://doi.org/10.1186/bcr872

Published: 14 July 2004

Monitoring Technical Recall/Technical Repeat is important to ensure that the films produced by practitioners working within breast screening are of a consistently high quality. The National Health Service Breast Screening Programme set the standard that at least 97% of mammograms are adequate for radiological interpretation and ≤3% of examinations are repeated for technical reasons.

The West Midlands Breast Screening QA Reference Centre has developed a tool for Technical Recall/Technical Repeat data to be collected quickly and accurately. For the period 1 April 2002–31 March 2003, 2974 (2%) women had a repeat screen. Information is collected on the location of the original screen (mobile or static) and the cause of the repeat. Consistently over time the most common reason for a retake being necessary was inadequate radiographer positioning.

It is important to continually monitor radiographic data as changes may reveal equipment problems or indicate training needs, particularly with the introduction of new staff and assistant practitioners to facilitate programme expansion.

Table 1

Date

Number of women screened

Number of women recalled/repeated

% of women recalled/repeated

April–June 2002

35,490

907

2.6

July–September 2002

34,527

748

2.2

October–December 2002

35,882

562

1.6

January–March 2003

40,818

757

1.9

April 2002–March 2003

146,717

2974

2.0

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
West Midlands Cancer Intelligence Unit

Copyright

© BioMed Central 2004

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