Radiographers filling the mammography screening gap, but where's the evidence?

Clerkin, Noelle, Ski, Chantal, Brennan, P.C. and Strudwick, Ruth (2023) Radiographers filling the mammography screening gap, but where's the evidence? Radiography, 29 (4). pp. 827-828. ISSN 10788174

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Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women worldwide. In 2018 almost 12% of all cancers diagnosed were female breast cancer 1 . Early detection and treatment can achieve survival probabilities of 90% or higher 2 . When the disease is non-invasive, the 5-year relative survival rate is 99%. 3 This provides an opportunity for a treatment pathway that allows for the best chance of recovery. An inexpensive solution to detecting malignancies that are impalpable and measure less than 10 mm is Mammography 4 . In the UK, the National Health Service Breast Screening Programme invites women from 50 to 70 years old to attend a mammography appointment every three years and aims to reduce mortality through early detection. The efficacy of a breast cancer screening programme relies on efficient analysis of mammographic images, i.e. identifying suspicious regions of interest and differentiating between normal, benign and malignant image appearances. 5 ,6 Ongoing training and peer review are recommended to attain optimal mammography interpretation. 7 In 1995, as a result of an increasing demand for mammography interpretation and a paucity of radiologists, training to interpret and report screening mammograms was extended to radiographers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Image Interpretation Advanced Practice, Mammography, Cancer Detection, Breast Imaging, Breast Screening
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Health & Science > Department of Health Studies
Depositing User: David Upson-Dale
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2023 08:39
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2023 08:39

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