Work-Related Injuries of Radiologists and Possible Ergonomic Solutions: Recommendations From the ACR Commission on Human Resources

J Am Coll Radiol. 2017 Oct;14(10):1353-1358. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2017.06.021. Epub 2017 Aug 18.


Increasingly, radiologists' workplaces revolve around PACS and digital imaging. Use of these technologies can lead to repetitive strain injuries, many of which can be exacerbated by specific features of a radiology practice environment. Ergonomic approaches, such as proper reading room structure, lighting, temperature, noise, and equipment setup, can help decrease the frequency and severity of repetitive strain injuries and improve radiologist productivity. However, ergonomic approaches are complex, include all aspects of the radiology practice environment, and are best implemented along with proper training of the practicing radiologists. The ergonomic approaches considered most important by members of the ACR Commission on Human Resources are presented in this report, and this information may serve as an aid in departmental planning.

Keywords: Repetitive strain injuries; ergonomics; workplace optimization.

MeSH terms

  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Ergonomics*
  • Hospital Design and Construction*
  • Humans
  • Occupational Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Radiologists*
  • Radiology Department, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • United States
  • Workplace