This document is intended to provide detailed guidance to architects, designers, facilities planners and clinical department personnel involved in the planning, design and improvement of medical imaging reading room environments. It has been prepared to address the scarcity of practical, educational guidance for medical imaging reading room optimization based upon best-practices and the needs of healthcare providers.
Furthermore, this document addresses the range of ways good design and siting can help improve the practice of radiology, by applying good ergonomic principles, to eliminate repetitive motion injuries. Proper location can significantly enhance communication between radiologists and the many clinicians they service. This leads to improved quality of care and customer service, both of which can increase the long-term value of radiology.
Good environmental and space design ensures that reading rooms support the operational, clinical and educational needs of the department, while minimizing distractions and providing a comfortable working environment. This document includes practical guidance about the many ways ergonomics, design and siting can be optimized to minimize the risk of repetitive motion injuries, minimize fatigue and maximize radiology department productivity. It also offers a vision of radiology reading room design and the factors that may impact the practice of medical imaging in the future.