Monday, May 3, 2010

Are poor workspace ergonomics causing radiologists pain?

A lack of attention to workspace ergonomics could be to blame for radiologists' musculoskeletal symptoms, including lower back pain, wrist pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, and headaches, according to a study to be presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society 2010 Annual Meeting.

"Over the past decade, radiologists' workloads have increased dramatically," said Anand M. Prabhakar, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital, lead author of the study. "As a result, more time is being spent in front of computer workstations. Although there has been a lot of attention paid to computer ergonomics in other industries, as well as for the general public, there has not been a lot of emphasis on exploring how ergonomic issues affect radiologists."

 Link to full ARRS release.

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