Statistics on the mammographic activity in Denmark in 1984 were collected from hospital departments of radiography, private radiological clinics, and the National Health Insurance. A total of 57,000 mammographic examinations were carried out in 1984, corresponding to 30,000 consultations. The estimated need in an organized screening programme for breast cancer is 700,000 mammographic examinations annually. The present activity is thus equivalent to 8.2% of this estimated need. Data from the county of Copenhagen show that 35% of mammographic examinations are carried out on women younger than those considered relevant for examination in an organized screening programme. Mammography must still be regarded as a diagnostic tool, but it is important to ensure that the basis for a subsequent organized screening programme is protected. Concentration of the referral for mammography and improvement of registration will contribute to this.
|Ugeskrift for laeger
|Udgivet - 1 jan. 1986