Musculoskeletal Injuries Affecting Radiologists According to the 2017 ACR Human Resources Commission Workforce Survey

J Am Coll Radiol. 2018 May;15(5):803-808. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2018.01.033. Epub 2018 Mar 20.


Practice leaders surveyed in the 2017 ACR Human Resources Commission workforce survey reported that 25% of the radiologists or radiation oncologists they supervised had neck pain, 32% had low back pain, and 16% were dealing with a repetitive stress injury. The prevalence rates of these musculoskeletal ailments among radiologists and radiation oncologists were consistent with those reported in the literature in other populations. However, these prevalence rates may be underestimated because practice leaders, not the radiologists themselves, were surveyed, and the leaders may not be aware of all injuries.

Keywords: Radiologist; back pain; neck pain; occupational injury; repetitive stress injury; work-related illness.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Low Back Pain / epidemiology*
  • Male
  • Neck Pain / epidemiology*
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Prevalence
  • Radiologists*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States / epidemiology