Figure 1. Sonographer performing scan.
During patient evaluations, a high frequency ultrasound may be
used by a diagnostic medical
sonologist to create
diagnostic sonographic images. While this module uses the term
"sonographer," the potential hazards and possible solutions
discussed also apply to sonologists and students. As
sonographers work with ultrasound equipment they may be at risk
for developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
Sonographers with heavy workloads or those who have been in the
profession for many years are particularly at risk. According to
the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS),
sonographers on average experience pain or MSDs within 5 years
of entering the profession. [SDMS Benchmark
Sonographers are exposed to a variety of
ergonomics-related risk factors when they perform specific tasks
Engineering, administrative and work practice controls such as
room layout and equipment placement, scheduling, staffing, patient
assessment, training, and work practices may also need to be
considered to reduce the risk of developing an injury.
Note: Sonographers encounter a variety of workplace hazards. This
module only addresses ergonomics-related risk factors.
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