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Computer modeling and design of diagnostic workstations and radiology reading rooms
Author(s): Osman M. Ratib; Carlos L. Amato; Joseph A. Balbona; Kevin Boots; Daniel J. Valentino
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Paper Abstract

We used 3D modeling techniques to design and evaluate the ergonomics of diagnostic workstation and radiology reading room in the planning phase of building a new hospital at UCLA. Given serious space limitations, the challenge was to provide more optimal working environment for radiologists in a crowded and busy environment. A particular attention was given to flexibility, lighting condition and noise reduction in rooms shared by multiple users performing diagnostic tasks as well as regular clinical conferences. Re-engineering workspace ergonomics rely on the integration of new technologies, custom designed cabinets, indirect lighting, sound-absorbent partitioning and geometric arrangement of workstations to allow better privacy while optimizing space occupation. Innovations included adjustable flat monitors, integration of videoconferencing and voice recognition, control monitor and retractable keyboard for optimal space utilization. An overhead compartment protecting the monitors from ambient light is also used as accessory lightbox and rear-view projection screen for conferences.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 May 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3980, Medical Imaging 2000: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues, (18 May 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.386400
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Osman M. Ratib, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Carlos L. Amato, RBB Architects Inc. (United States)
Joseph A. Balbona, RBB Architects Inc. (United States)
Kevin Boots, RBB Architects Inc. (United States)
Daniel J. Valentino, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3980:
Medical Imaging 2000: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues
G. James Blaine; Eliot L. Siegel, Editor(s)

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