Breast screening: quality assurance for medical physics services

NHSBSP publication No 33: this document outlines the scope and standards for medical physics services for the NHS breast screening programme.



This is the second edition, updating earlier guidance from the NHSBSP published in 1995.

This document deals primarily with medical physics services for the quality assurance of x-ray mammography systems, because this is the major area of medical physics involvement in the NHSBSP. Some other aspects, such as quality assurance of ultrasound equipment and radiation protection advice, are also covered. It is recognised that medical physics services may also be involved in other ways, for example electrical safety testing. Whilst these latter activities are outside the scope of this document, it is recommended that they conform to the same quality philosophy.