Assessment clinics at 'Avon Breast Screening Unit': what has changed in 5 years?
© BioMed Central 2004
Published: 14 July 2004
There have been many changes in the breast screening programme over the past few years. The most significant locally is probably the introduction of two-view mammography at all rounds since April 2003. We also introduced a formal weekly arbitration meeting in December 2001 where borderline patients are discussed and a collective decision taken regarding the need for assessment. All those who read screening films attend this meeting.
We perceived there had been a change in outcomes, procedures performed in the clinic, and overall pick-up rate. This could be an indicator of change at a national level. Hence, this study to compare the assessment clinics was undertaken.
Aims and objectives
To compare the assessment clinics conducted in 1998 with those of 2003.
Materials and methods
Retrospective analysis of films and notes of all patients assessed during September and October 1998 and 2003.
Number of patients assessed
Assessed within 3/52 weeks of screening
Procedures in clinic
Final malignant diagnosis