News | May 12, 2015

New Infographic Highlights Importance of Optimizing Ergonomics in the Radiology Reading Room

More than 60 percent of radiologists suffer from repetitive stress injuries that could be avoided

RedRick Technologies, ergonomics, radiology reading room, RSIs

May 12, 2015 — RedRick Technologies has released a new educational infographic that highlights the significant risks to radiologist health and diagnostic accuracy from repetitive stress injuries (RSI). This is part of their ongoing effort to educate radiology and healthcare design leaders about the benefits of applying ergonomic principles to all aspects of reading room design and development.

RedRick will have copies of the infographic at their booth during the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting, May 28-30 in Washington, D.C.

Recent studies have identified the significant presence of RSIs among radiologists. Because RSIs manifest themselves over time, adopting the behavior that prevents them requires ongoing use of ergonomic equipment, as well as behavioral education and training in their proper use. One recent study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology found that greater than 60 percent of radiologists suffer from neck, back and wrist injuries, as well as visual fatigue. This comes from working long hours in reading environments that are not ergonomically optimized, which can lead to reduced productivity, lower quality of life and risks to diagnostic accuracy.

“There is a significant and increasing body of evidence identifying the prevalence of workplace injuries caused by radiologists sedentary reading patterns,” said Greg Patrick, president of RedRick Technologies. “We want them to understand that the best position any radiologist can work in is the next position they move to.”

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