Breast screening: beam quality selection

This document explains the procedures for selecting optimum beam quality in breast screening.

This publication was withdrawn on

This technology has now been replaced by digital mammography. Read the current Breast screening: professional guidance.



This publication sets out guidelines for choosing beam quality in film or screen mammography systems for the NHS breast screening programme.

It includes:

  • general principles of mammography x-rays
  • strategies for optimising the test
Published 1 May 2007