Monitoring radiographic data within the West Midlands National Health Service Breast Screening Programme
© BioMed Central 2004
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.
Number of women screened
Number of women recalled/repeated
% of women recalled/repeated
April 2002–March 2003