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A report by the National Health Technology Advisory Panel (NHTAP).
This report is a survey of information and opinion on equipment, training and quality control in screening mammography and has been prepared to assist the Breast Cancer Screening Steering Committee established under the auspices of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council.
There is substantial consensus as to appropriate specifications for mammography and film processing units.
Quality control requirements for screening mammography units are well established.
The Royal Australasian College of Radiologists (RACR) has made recommendations for a national screening program.
The Panel supports the College's proposal to introduce accreditation for mammographic screening clinics.
Workforce requirements for a national program may present difficulties.
The Panel suggests that:
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