Radiologists at Risk: The Hidden Cost of Poor Ergonomics

Radiology reading is stressful and sedentary due to...

Data volumeInterpreting large amounts of data for long hours in sedentary environments.
Poor lighting conditionsUsing bright monitors in poorly lit rooms.
Lack of environmental controlLack of ergonomic control over physical environment.
Excessive hours56.9% of radiologists work more than 8 hours at a workstation.

This causes radiologists...

Physical and visual fatiguePhysical and
visual fatigue.
Pain and discomfortPain and

And negatively affects...

Health and quality of lifeHealth and
quality of life.
Delivery of high quality careDelivery of
high quality care.
Physical discomfort87%* of radiologists reported
experiencing physical discomfort.
Significant eye fatigue66%* of radiologists reported
significant eye fatigue.

Poor ergonomics can lead to repetitive strain injuries (RSI), pain, discomfort, headaches, and fatigue...

Frequent sittingStudies show that sitting too frequently throughout the day significantly increases health risks such as premature heart failure.
Heart attacksPeople who sit for most of the day are 54% more likely to die from heart attacks.
– Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Areas most affected
Radiologists are especially susceptible to RSIs. The areas most affected are:

71.2% neck

58.7% shoulders

46.8% back

45.4% wrists and hands

Radiologiest suffering from repetitive strain injury>60% of radiologists currently suffer from repetitive strain injuries.
– Journal of the American College of Radiology, 2014 Study

Significant decrease in pain experienced with ergonomic trainingRespondents said their pain level increased after implementation of a PACS workstation. However, those who underwent ergonomic training and/or used ergonomic equipment reported a significant decrease in pain, according to the authors.

Ergonomic workspaces improve radiologists’ health by:

  • Providing equipment that allows for change of positions throughout the day while maintaining proper ergonomic postures.
  • Providing reading rooms with proper ergonomic lighting and acoustical treatment.
  • Managing peripheral devices and cabling to reduce clutter and distractions.
  • Providing work environments that foster opportunities for collaboration and achievement of productivity goals.

* According to a 2014 study conducted by The MarkTech Group

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