Double reading of screening mammograms will have resource implications

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7049.109c (Published 13 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:109
  1. Jane Wells,
  2. Julie Cooke
  1. Senior registrar in public health medicine Department of Public Health Medicine, Buckinghamshire Health Authority, Aylesbury HP19 3DP
  2. Consultant radiologist Jarvis Breast Screening Centre, Guildford GU1 1LJ

    EDITOR,—Jackie Brown and colleagues show that in their breast screening unit double reading of screening mammograms with recall by consensus between film readers is cost effective.1 Unfortunately, these results cannot be directly extrapolated to the NHS breast screening programme as the study was carried out during the first (prevalence) screening round, when the overall rate of detection of cancer is higher and the number of additional cancers detected by double reading is likely to be greater than in …

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