A mobile breast screening project in Scotland: lessons learned for national screening

Int J Health Plann Manage. Jul-Sep 1990;5(3):201-13. doi: 10.1002/hpm.4740050305.


In 1986, a project was undertaken to determine the feasibility and cost of screening for breast cancer, using single oblique view mammography. Screening was offered to women aged between 40 and 65, on an open access basis, to those living in rural areas near Edinburgh. This article reports on: the logistical difficulties encountered; the costs of mobile screening; a comparison of costs when screening from a static centre; and, identifies factors found to influence attendance rates. The lessons learned from the project were incorporated into the planning of the mobile van operating in the South-East of Scotland Screening Programme, part of the National Breast Screening Programme; comparisons, where possible, have been included.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Breast Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mammography / economics*
  • Mass Screening / organization & administration*
  • Middle Aged
  • Mobile Health Units*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Scotland