[Ergonomics of the workplace in radiology]

Radiologia. Nov-Dec 2011;53(6):507-15. doi: 10.1016/j.rx.2011.06.007. Epub 2011 Sep 23.
[Article in Spanish]

Abstract

The replacement of conventional films and view boxes with digital images and computer monitors managed by PACS has clearly improved the diagnostic imaging workplace. The new setup has many advantages, including increased productivity brought about by decreased overall time required for image interpretation. On the other hand, the implementation of the digital workplace has increased the importance of factors like background lighting and the position of the chair, work table, mouse, keyboard, and monitor to prevent lesions that can disable the radiologist. The influence of these factors is often undervalued in the design and implementation of the radiological workplace. This article provides recommendations for the design of the radiological workplace based on ergonomics, which is the science that studies interactions among humans and other elements of a system.

MeSH terms

  • Ergonomics*
  • Humans
  • Occupational Health*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Radiology Information Systems
  • Radiology*
  • Workplace* / organization & administration