News | December 05, 2006

GE Opens New Door to Radiology Reading Rooms

GE Healthcare today announced the introduction of ergonomically-designed radiology reading rooms developed in collaboration with the VA Maryland Hospital and Eliot Siegel, M.D., chief of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, VA Maryland Healthcare System.
No sooner did radiology go digital than radiologists began suffering from repetitive stress injuries, including eye strain, neck strain and carpal tunnel syndrome related to viewing large volumes of image data. And that is expected to only worsen as the volume of CT images viewed per day per radiologist has jumped from 16,000 in 2002 to 80,000 in 2006. Other clinically significant findings reveal that ambient room lighting increases fatigue levels and lowers interpretation accuracy, according to Siegel.
The five radiology reading rooms developed by GE Healthcare and the VA Maryland Hospital are designed to reduce these physical and mental strains through ergonomically optimized productive and low stress environments. Each of the five rooms presents a unique radiology workspace with features such as blue lights; large, high-resolution advanced monitors with bright color; ventilation and temperature controls; music, ambient noise or white noise; ergonomic tables and chairs; and even scented candles to appeal to the sense of smell. There is also a meditation/hypnotherapy room to allow radiologists to take a momentary mental and physical break.
“Lighting is relatively easy to modify and affects stress levels,” indicated Siegel. “The cost for a radiology department to adapt their existing technology to make substantial changes to a reading room is in the neighborhood of $50,000 for a five-workspace environment. The pay off or ROI in terms of productivity would be less than three to six months.”
The VA Maryland will serve as a show site for best-in-breed technologies and practices with regard to ergonomic reading rooms. GE consultants and ITPS organization will go on site internationally to assess reading rooms and make recommendations from the VA Maryland reading room to improve upon the workflow and design of reading rooms. They will also focus on researching the impact of these ergonomic modifications as well as study human and machine interfaces.
“It is imperative that the workstation optimizes productivity,” said Mark Morita, a futurist marketing representative for GE Healthcare Information Technologies. “We are extremely interested in how to improve those conditions. GE is focusing on the technology and user interface and improving the way folks interact with our applications. We are interested in the outcomes of this reading room project.”
Morita also announced that GE would soon be launching an online social network similar to MySpace.com where the focus is going to be on sharing best practices for reading room ergonomics. “MyReadingSpace” is a radiology-centric site on radiology reading rooms where Dr. Siegel and other physicians will be Bloggers, providing published information that they collect online as well as from clinical research.
“I’m interested in getting feedback from other radiologists and people in healthcare on their own workspaces – share successes and failures,” said Dr. Siegel. “It is a forum to exchange what does and does not work so that we at the VA will learn far more from all of the contributors and from anecdotal experiences and collect data from radiologists and other healthcare people from around the world.”

Related Content

Houston Methodist Hospital Enters Multi-Year Technology and Research Agreement With Siemens Healthineers
News | Imaging | August 17, 2017
Houston Methodist Hospital and Siemens Healthineers have entered into a multi-year agreement to bring cutting-edge...
Four Blue Cross Blue Shield Companies Issue Positive Medical Policies on HeartFlow FFRct Analysis
News | Computed Tomography (CT) | August 09, 2017
HeartFlow Inc. announced that four Blue Cross Blue Shield companies have each issued a positive medical policy for the...
The American Lung Association created LUNG FORCE, a national movement to defeat lung cancer
News | Lung Cancer | August 02, 2017
To raise public awareness of lung cancer—the leading cancer killer of men and women—the American Lung Association's...
GE’s DoseWatch is a digital informatics solution that automatically collects, monitors and reports on radiation dose indices for diagnostic imaging exams
News | Radiation Dose Management | July 31, 2017
GE Healthcare announced that it has licensed computed tomography (CT) organ dosimetry technology developed at Duke...
Contrast Media from Bayer, trends in contrast media and developments in contrast media
Feature | Contrast Media | July 28, 2017 | By Dave Fornell
Here are several updates in medical imaging ...
New York Hospital Finds Significant Cost Savings With Toshiba’s Aquilion One CT
News | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 25, 2017
In five years, Kaleida Health’s Stroke Care Center (SCC) at the Gates Vascular Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., has realized...
Samsung Introduces FDA-Cleared BodyTom Elite CT Scanner
Technology | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 24, 2017
Samsung announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the BodyTom Elite, an upgraded version of its...
Sponsored Content | Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 21, 2017
DAIC and ITN Editor Dave Fornell discusses some of the most innovative new computed tomography (CT) technology and tr
ACR Updates Radiation Oncology and Medical Physics Guidance With ASTRO and AAPM
News | Radiation Dose Management | July 19, 2017
July 19, 2017 — The American College of Radiology (ACR) recently collaborated with professional medical societies to
Sponsored Content | Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 19, 2017
Matthew Budoff, M.D., FACC, professor of medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, endowed chair of preventi
Overlay Init