NHSBSP Publication No 49: clinical guidelines for healthcare professionals screening women for breast cancer.
The aim of assessment is to obtain a definitive and timely diagnosis of all potential abnormalities detected during screening.
This is best achieved by using ‘triple assessment’, comprising:
- imaging (usually mammography and ultrasound)
- clinical examination
- image guided needle biopsy for histological examination if indicated
Cytology should no longer be used alone to obtain a non-operative diagnosis of breast cancer.