NHS breast screening: non operative diagnostic procedures

Diagnosis and reporting procedures for non operative breast screening, for use in the NHS breast screening programme.

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This document has been superseded by revised guidance on the Royal College of Pathologists’ website.


Guidelines for non operative diagnostic procedures and reporting in breast cancer screening

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Guidance on procedures for non operative diagnosis in the NHS breast screening programme, including:

  • sampling techniques and procedures
  • fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) reporting guidelines
  • diagnostic pitfalls in interpretation of breast FNAC
  • core biopsy reporting guidelines
  • quality assurance
Published 1 June 2001