Breast screening: professional guidance

Standards and guidance for health professionals, managers and commissioners working in the NHS breast screening programme.

Breast screening: commissioning and testing of X-ray systems is published by Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine

Consolidated programme standards

Programme guidelines

Programme standards and guidance for breast pathology can be found on the Royal College of Pathologists website

  1. Breast screening: interim quality assurance guidelines for clinical nurse specialists
  2. Breast screening: quality assurance guidelines for surgeons
  3. Breast screening: clinical guidelines for screening assessment
  4. Breast screening: quality assurance standards in radiology
  5. Breast screening: quality assurance visits
  6. Breast screening: guidance for breast screening mammographers
  7. Breast screening: administrative and clerical quality assurance
  8. Breast screening: interval cancers
  9. Breast screening: programme specific operating model
  10. Breast screening: leading a service

Good practice in breast screening

  1. Breast screening: arbitration guidance
  2. Breast screening: set and maintain round length
  3. Breast screening: copying letters about clients
  4. Breast screening: manage mammograms and records
  5. Breast screening: managing B5 core malignant biopsies
  6. Breast screening: repeat mammograms
  7. Breast screening: processing and issuing results
  8. Breast screening: screen detected ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
  9. Breast screening: imaging women with breast implants
  10. Breast screening: interval cancers and duty of candour toolkit
  11. Breast screening: women wanting to attend service out of area
  12. Breast screening: how to record vacuum-assisted excisions
  13. Breast screening: ergonomics in screening mammography

Screening higher risk women

Consenting and withdrawing from the programme

  1. Cancer screening: informed consent

Research and reviews

  1. Breast screening: radiation risk with digital mammography

Quality control and testing

General equipment guidance

Screening equipment and medical physics services

Equipment technical evaluations

Equipment practical evaluations

Published 1 June 2015
Last updated 12 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Breast screening: IMS Giotto Class DBT system'.
  2. Addition of new guidance on leading a breast screening programme to document collection
  3. Addition of new ergonomics in mammography guidance to document collection.
  4. Addition of Breast screening: how to record vacuum-assisted excisions to document collection
  5. Added technical evaluation of the Fujifilm AMULET Innovality digital breast tomosynthesis system.
  6. Added out-of-area guidance and duty of candour toolkit to collection.
  7. Added 'Breast screening: radiation risk with digital mammography' to new 'research and reviews' group.
  8. Added interval cancer guidance and programme specific operating model.
  9. Added implants imaging guidance and consolidated standards.
  10. Added arbitration guidance.
  11. Technical evaluation of Siemans Inspiration PRIME mammography system added.
  12. Added digital tomosynthesis system evaluation.
  13. Added 2 new documents under equipment.
  14. Added previously-published quality assurance documents to breast screening professional guidance.
  15. First published.