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Mammography workstation design: effect on mammographer behaviour and the risk of musculoskeletal disorders
Author(s): S. Taylor-Phillips; M. G Wallis; A. G. Gale
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Paper Abstract

In the UK Breast Screening Programme there is a growing transition from film to digital mammography, and consequently a change in mammography workstation ergonomics. This paper investigates the effect of the change for radiologists including their comfort, likelihood of developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSD's), and work practices. Three workstations types were investigated: one with all film mammograms; one with digital mammograms alongside film mammograms from the previous screening round, and one with digital mammograms alongside digitised film mammograms from the previous screening round. Mammographers were video-taped whilst conducting work sessions at each of the workstations. Event based Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA) postural analysis showed no overall increase in MSD risk level in the switch from the film to digital workstation. Average number of visual glances at the prior mammograms per case measured by analysis of recorded video footage showed an increase if the prior mammograms were digitised, rather than displayed on a multi-viewer (p<.05). This finding has potential implications for mammographer performance in the transition to digital mammography in the UK.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 March 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6917, Medical Imaging 2008: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment, 69171G (6 March 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.770202
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S. Taylor-Phillips, Loughborough Univ. (United Kingdom)
M. G Wallis, Addenbrookes Hospital (United Kingdom)
A. G. Gale, Loughborough Univ. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6917:
Medical Imaging 2008: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment
Berkman Sahiner; David J. Manning, Editor(s)

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