Symposium Mammographicum is a registered charity founded in 1979. Its principal aims are ‘to stimulate and support research and disseminate knowledge about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast disease’. At the time of its inception there were only a few centres practising mammography in the UK and there was a considerable variation in quality. Even when the National Health Breast Screening Programme was designed, there were only twelve units in the UK with teams which were considered to have adequate expertise.

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Image courtesy of the Cambridge Breast Unit

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Image courtesy of King’s College Hospital Breast Care Unit

The major event organised by the Charity is the biennial Symposium.

Formerly, training initiatives have been organised by the trustees and members including numerous workshops and training weekends for radiographers and radiologists throughout the UK. Travelling faculties have conducted symposia and hospital-based training in Abu Dhabi, Eire, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Thailand.

From these initiatives, a Bursary scheme was developed to enable professionals from overseas to undertake training placements and clinical attachments in the UK.

In addition, an Award scheme is available to provide a resource for professionals to undertake a research project or present a paper at one of the Symposium’s biennial conferences.

The 17th Symposium took place at the Bournemouth International Centre from the 29th June - 1st July 2014. Journal abstracts and some of the speakers’s presentations are available from the following link:


The next conference and technical exhibition is planned to take place at the ACC in Liverpool, between the 3rd and 5th July 2016. More details will be available in 2015.