Choosing a radiology workstation: technical and clinical considerations

Radiology. 2007 Mar;242(3):671-82. doi: 10.1148/radiol.2423051403. Epub 2007 Jan 17.


Choosing a workstation for daily use in the interpretation of digital radiologic images can be a daunting task. There are numerous products available on the market, but differentiating among them and deciding on what is best for a particular environment can be confusing and frustrating. There is no "one-size-fits-all" workstation, so users must consider a variety of factors when choosing a workstation. This review summarizes the critical elements in a radiology workstation and the characteristics one should be aware of and look for in the selection of a workstation. Issues pertaining to both hardware and software aspects of medical workstations, including interface design, are reviewed, particularly as they may affect the interpretation process.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Data Display*
  • Decision Support Techniques*
  • Equipment Design
  • Equipment Failure Analysis
  • Minicomputers*
  • Radiographic Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted / instrumentation*
  • Radiology Information Systems / instrumentation*
  • Technology Assessment, Biomedical / methods*
  • User-Computer Interface*