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Optimizing Your Reading Room

Optimizing Your Reading Room

  • Gaming keypad: Sick of the repetitive five clicks of the mouse required for one task? Take a page from gamers, and consider using a gaming keypad as a programmable left-handed mouse, such as this Razer Nostromo. It offers a chance to reduce clicks to just one for the steps you most frequently preform.
  • Ergonomic mouse: Yes, they look like something out of a sci-fi film, but there are benefits to trading in your traditional mouse for a one like the RollerMouse from Contour Design or the Evoluent Vertical Mouse, which promise to keep your hand and wrist in a more natural position for the repetitive clicks that come with reading each image. Evoluent: http://store.apple.com/us/product/HB656LL/A/evoluent-vertical-mouse-4-for-mac-right-hand?fnode=56&p=2
  • Microphone: Forget clunky headsets (not to mention the cumbersome standard phones) and attach an array microphone. Some of these microphones, such as the Acoustic Magic Voice Tracker Array Microphone, are calibrated to pick up only the sounds directed at it. Turn your head to the side to talk to a colleague – or resident in an academic setting – and the microphone won’t capture that noise. Consider using this not only for teleconferencing but also dictation.
  • Cup holder: They are ubiquitous in cars, but when it comes to desks, we forget that having a place for everything, even our coffee, can help maintain order and keep our workflow, including reaching for a sip of dark roast, in tact. Plus, with some workstations offering the option to tilt the desktop, this will prevent those annoying accidental spills. Pictured here is one from Xybix that swings out of the way when not in use and another from AFC Industries that clamps to the workstation. Xybix: http://www.xybix.com/sites/default/files/styles/explorer_feature/public/explorer-feature-images/Cup%20HolderKB_1.jpg
  • Floodlights: This simple feature should be standard in any workstation, but can be overlooked. A floodlight placed behind the monitors and toward the wall will help reduce eyestrain by better blending the contrast from the monitor and the needed darkness of the room. Image from Anthro.
  • Task light: Look for task lights to, again, reduce eyestrain when the need arises to focus on something beside the images on the monitors. Pictured are ones from Anthro Technology Furniture and another from Humanscale. Humanscale: http://www.humanscale.com/imageassets/horizonwhite_m.jpg
  • Partitions: Distractions from neighboring radiologists, including noise and the glow from other workstations, can be reduced by simply investing in partitions, such as those featured at either end of this Whitestone workstation from AFC Industries. Sources: Woojin Kim, MD; Alan Hedge, PhD; Mukesh Harisinghani, MD; Ken Kapica

An optimal workstation isn’t just about having the flexibility to comfortably stand, sit, and interact with the monitors. Once the desk, chair, monitor arms, keyboard, and mouse are perfectly positioned to reduce strain and improve performance, radiologists should consider adding the bells and whistles that will promise even more comfortable and improved efficiency.

Click through to see the peripherals that offer relief for each of your five senses.


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