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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

Guidance on the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017 is available for employers and health professionals who carry out medical radiological procedures.

Consolidated programme standards

Programme guidelines

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

Good practice in breast screening

  1. Breast screening: issuing provisional or verbal pathology reports
  2. Breast screening: arbitration guidance
  3. Breast screening: copying letters about clients
  4. Breast screening: screen detected ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
  5. Breast screening: set and maintain round length
  6. Breast screening: managing B5 core malignant biopsies
  7. Breast screening: processing and issuing results
  8. Breast screening: ergonomics in screening mammography
  9. Breast screening: how to record vacuum-assisted excisions
  10. Breast screening: imaging women with breast implants
  11. Breast screening: interval cancers and duty of candour toolkit
  12. Breast screening: manage mammograms and records
  13. Breast screening: repeat mammograms
  14. Breast screening: women wanting to attend service out of area
  15. Breast screening programme: supporting women with learning disabilities
  16. Breast screening: transferring specimens between laboratories
  17. Breast screening: Right Results audit
  18. Breast screening: digital breast tomosynthesis

Screening higher risk women

Consenting and withdrawing from the programme

  1. Opting out of breast screening

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

  1. Breast screening: Hologic 3Dimensions in tomosynthesis mode
  2. Breast screening: Hologic 3Dimensions in 2D mode
  3. Breast screening: IMS Giotto Class digital mammography system in 2D mode
  4. Technical evaluation of Hologic Affirm prone biopsy system
  5. Breast screening: Hologic 3Dimensions DBT system
  6. Siemens Revelation digital mammography system in 2D mode evaluation
  7. Siemens Revelation digital breast tomosynthesis evaluation
  8. Breast screening: GE Senographe Pristina DBT system evaluation
  9. Breast screening: Siemens Mammomat Inspiration VB60
  10. Breast screening: IMS Giotto Class DBT system
  11. Breast screening: Fujifilm AMULET Innovality DBT system
  12. Breast screening: technical evaluation of Fujifilm Innovality
  13. Breast screening: Siemens Inspiration PRIME mammo
  14. Breast screening: technical evaluation of Philips MicroDose SI Digital mammo
  15. Breast screening: technical evaluation of GE SenoClaire DBT system
  16. Breast screening: Siemens Mammomat Inspiration DBT
  17. Breast screening: Hologic Selenia Dimensions DBT

Equipment practical evaluations

  1. Breast screening: Siemens Mammomat Revelation evaluation
  2. Breast screening: IMS Giotto Class evaluation
  3. Breast screening: GE Healthcare Senographe Pristina DBT System
  4. Breast screening: GE Healthcare Senographe Pristina 2D system
  5. Breast screening: Siemens Inspiration PRIME system
  6. Breast screening: Hologic 3Dimensions in 2D mode
  7. Breast screening: Fujifilm Amulet Innovality DBT system evaluation
  8. Breast screening: Hologic Affirm Prone Biopsy System
  9. Breast screening: practical evaluation of Fujifilm Innovality
  10. Breast screening: practical evaluation of Philips MicroDose SI Digital mammo
  11. Breast screening: practical evaluation of GE SenoClaire DBT system
  12. Breast screening: Hologic Affirm DBT biopsy system
  13. Breast screening: Hologic Selenia Dimensions DBT system
Published 1 June 2015
Last updated 12 August 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added Hologic 3Dimensions in tomosynthesis mode, Siemens Mammomat Revelation evaluation and IMS Giotto Class evaluation.

  2. Added Issuing provisional or verbal pathology reports to Good practice in breast screening section.

  3. Added new guidance on overseas recruitment for local breast screening services.

  4. Added GE Healthcare Senographe Pristina DBT system evaluation.

  5. Added Siemens Inspiration PRIME system and GE Healthcare Senographe Pristina 2D system.

  6. Added link to guidance on opting out of breast screening.

  7. Added Fujifilm Amulet Innovality DBT and Hologic 3Dimensions in 2D mode system practical evaluations.

  8. Added 'Breast screening: transferring specimens between laboratories' document.

  9. Added 'Breast screening: failsafe batches' to Programme Guidelines section.

  10. Addition of guidance for clinical nurse specialists to document collection

  11. Added 'Breast screening: GE Senographe Pristina DBT system evaluation' report.

  12. Added 'Breast screening: Siemens Mammomat Inspiration VB60' to Equipment Technical Evaluations list.

  13. Added 'Breast screening programme: supporting women with learning disabilities'.

  14. Added 'Breast screening: IMS Giotto Class DBT system'.

  15. Addition of new guidance on leading a breast screening programme to document collection

  16. Addition of new ergonomics in mammography guidance to document collection.

  17. Addition of Breast screening: how to record vacuum-assisted excisions to document collection

  18. Added technical evaluation of the Fujifilm AMULET Innovality digital breast tomosynthesis system.

  19. Added out-of-area guidance and duty of candour toolkit to collection.

  20. Added 'Breast screening: radiation risk with digital mammography' to new 'research and reviews' group.

  21. Added interval cancer guidance and programme specific operating model.

  22. Added implants imaging guidance and consolidated standards.

  23. Added arbitration guidance.

  24. Technical evaluation of Siemans Inspiration PRIME mammography system added.

  25. Added digital tomosynthesis system evaluation.

  26. Added 2 new documents under equipment.

  27. Added previously-published quality assurance documents to breast screening professional guidance.

  28. First published.