ARRS 2022 Abstracts


E1009. Accident Waiting to Happen: A Review of the Common Injuries That Occur in the Radiology Department - Recognition and Prevention
  1. Omar Hamam; Westchester Medical Center
  2. Kevin Thompson; Westchester Medical Center
  3. Erin Choe; New York Medical College
  4. Mayer Rubin; Westchester Medical Center
  5. Jared Meshekow; Westchester Medical Center
  6. Perry Gerard; New York Medical College; Westchester Medical Center
Though often regarded as a physically lenient career, radiologists are not immune for the risk of injury. Injuries can range from desk-related musculoskeletal issues to pain from wearing lead aprons during long procedures. This study aims to shed the light on injuries in the radiology department and possible strategies to prevent them.

Educational Goals / Teaching Points
The goal for this exhibit is to understand the etiology of common injuries that occur in the radiology department and how to prevent/treat them.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques
Staff members of the radiology department are at a higher risk of getting an injury due to repetitive stress and exposure to radiation. Continuous repetitive and awkward movements during utilization of PACS, fluoroscopy or ultrasound imaging procedures, and the long use of lead aprons could easily lead to repetitive stress injuries (RSIs). Some studies showed that around 58% of radiologists reported symptoms of RSI, with 38% of them being diagnosed with RSIs. Carpal tunnel syndrome, tenosynovitis, and cubital tunnel syndrome were consistently reported; neck and spine problems and back pain were also seen, especially in those who specialized in ultrasound imaging. Ergonomic workstations, healthy positioning habits, height-adjustable reading tables, aprons fit for proper sizing, improvement of equipment design, adjustable chairs, and scanning time reduction could be vital in preventive methods. Several toxic agents used in the radiology department, includ radioisotopes, anesthetic gases, and chemotherapeutic agents, could be a source of injury. Appropriate protective equipment should be used along with interventional methods to help combat these injuries.

Injuries related to working in radiology department are significant and multifactorial. However, adjustment of factors causing some of these injuries and teaching positive habits to the staff members can be pivotal in reducing the incidence of these injuries.