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Document ID (ISN)111564
CIS number 11-0194
ISSN - Serial title 0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Burnett D.R., Campbell-Kyureghyan N.H.
Title Quantification of scan-specific ergonomic risk-factors in medical sonography
Bibliographic information 2010, Vol.40, p.306-314. Illus. 39 ref.
Abstract Medical sonographers are known to be at an increased risk of developing occupationally related musculoskeletal pain or injury. However, scan-specific, on-site ergonomic job evaluations which also include a quantitative analysis of upper extremity joint biomechanics are not the norm. The objective of the study is to identify and quantify scan-specific risk-factors for upper extremity work-related musculoskeletal pain in sonography. Seven subjects participated in the study which used a combination of self-reported and measured job analyses to specifically address risk-factors related to diagnostic medical sonography. 86% of sonographers reported upper extremity musculoskeletal pain. Ergonomic evaluation revealed that changes should be made soon. Shoulder abduction and wrist deviation angles were quantified and found to be greater than previously published acceptable limits.
Descriptors (primary) upper extremity disorders; work posture; ergonomics; ultrasonic examinations; health care personnel; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; ergonomic evaluation; job study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Commerce, services, offices
Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Health care services