Radiologist Involvement Ensures Penn Musculoskeletal Center Reading Room Facilitates Productivity and Communication

According to the American College of Radiology Imaging 3.0™ vision for radiology, the radiologist must improve referring physician communications and increase participation in clinical decision-making and care coordination. The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania radiology department had these goals in mind when they set about planning their newest musculoskeletal radiology reading room. They hoped to achieve this by embedding the reading room within the new Penn Musculoskeletal Center, which was designed to merge specialists from orthopaedics, rheumatology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, internal medicine, pain medicine and radiology in one location.

This case study benefits radiology professionals looking to:

  1. Recognize the many aspects of a reading room environment that can enhance radiologist communication with referring physicians.
  2. Learn why ergonomic workstations should be considered the starting point of a broader reading room improvement effort.
  3. Understand why radiologist involvement is important for a successful reading room optimization plan.