Table 3

Quality assurance for screening mammography programmes represented in the International Breast Cancer Screening Network: Process Components, 1998

Recruitment3-1 Communicate results3-2 Mammography examination3-3 Double reading3-4 Interpreting/reporting breast lesions
National programmes
AustraliaR,N,DP,W3-6 3-7 3-8 3-9 Q,V,FAllStandard report, nomenclature
FinlandR,DW3-6 3-7 3-8 3-9 Q,VAllStandard report
IcelandN,DP,W3-9 Q,V,F95%Standard report
IsraelR,N,D3-5 P,W3-5 3-6 3-7 3-8 Q,VPartialStandard report
LuxembourgR,N,DP,W3-6 3-7 3-8 3-9 Q,V,FAllStandard report
NetherlandsR,N,D3-5 P,W3-6 3-7 3-8 3-9 Q,V,FAllStandard report
United KingdomR,N,DW3-7 3-9 Q,V,F80%Standard report, nomenclature
State, provincial, local programmes
Established
BelgiumDP,W3-6 3-7 3-8 3-9 Q,V,FAllStandard report, nomenclature
Canada3-152 R,N,DP,W3-7 3-9 Q,V,F5–10%
DenmarkR,NW3-6 3-7 3-8 3-9 Q,VAllStandard report
France3-152 R,N,DP,W3-6 3-7 3-9 Q,V11 AllStandard report
Italy3-152 R,N,DW3-8 Q,V,FAllStandard report
NorwayR,N,DP,W3-6 3-7 3-8 3-9 Q,V,FAllStandard report, nomenclature
PortugalDW3-6 3-7 3-8 3-9 Q,V,FAllStandard nomenclature
SpainR,N,DP,W3-6 3-7 3-8 3-9 Q,V,FPartialStandard report
Sweden3-152 N,D3-5 W3-6 3-7 3-8 3-9 Q,V11 AllStandard report
Pilot
Germany3-151 R,N,D3-5 P,W3-6 3-7 3-8 3-9 Q,V,FAllStandard report, nomenclature
GreeceR,N,D3-5 P,W3-6 3-7 3-9 Q,V,FAllStandard report, nomenclature
HungaryR,NP,W3-6 3-8 Q,V,FAllStandard report, nomenclature
JapanP,W3-6 3-7 3-8 3-9 Q,V11,FAllStandard report
UruguayR,N,DPQ,V,F60%Standard report, nomenclature
Registry programme
United StatesDW6,7,8,9,10 Q10,V10–20%Standard nomenclature
  • 3-1 Recruitment: R = monitor recruitment, N = monitor reminder procedures for non-participants, D = collect data on reasons for non-attendance.

  • 3-2 Communicate results: P = to programme staff, W = to women who undergo screening.

  • 3-3 Mammography examination: Q = film quality, V = number of views to be taken, F = feedback on positioning.

  • 3-4 Double reading: whether double reading is used for all mammograms, with an estimated proportion of mammograms that are double read in countries that do not always use this procedure.

  • 3-5 Routinely.

  • 3-6 Receipt/normal results.

  • 3-7 Timeliness/normal results.

  • 3-8 Receipt/abnormal results.

  • 3-9 Timeliness/abnormal results.

  • 10Required of all mammography facilities in the US under the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA).

  • 11Initial screening mammogram is one view rather than two view.

  • 3-151 Denotes programme in implementation.

  • 3-152 Denotes countries with a decentralised (subnational) organisation of screening mammography, but in which the totality of organised screening programmes attains national coverage.