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dc.contributor.authorCernean, N.
dc.contributor.authorSerranheira, F.
dc.contributor.authorGoncalves, P.
dc.contributor.authorSá dos Reis, Cláudia
dc.identifier.citationCernean, N. and Serranheira, F. and Goncalves, P. and Sá dos Reis, C. 2017. Ergonomic strategies to improve radiographers’ posture during mammography activities. Insights into Imaging. 8 (4): pp. 429-438.

Objectives: To identify alternatives for radiographers’ postures while performing mammography that can contribute to reduce the risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs). Methods: Radiographers’ postures to positioning craniocaudal (CC) and mediolateral oblique (MLO) views were simulated without any intervention for three scenarios: radiographer/patient with similar statures, radiographer smaller than patient and radiographer taller than patient. Actions were taken to modify the postures: seated radiographer; patient on a step; seated patient; radiographer on a step. All the postures were analysed using kinovea 0.8.15 software and the angles were measured twice and classified according to European standard EN1005–4: 2005. Results: The non-acceptable angles were measured mainly during MLO positioning when radiographer was taller than the patient: 139° and 120° for arm-flexion and abduction, 72° for trunk and −24° for head/neck-flexion. The introduction of alternative postures (radiographer seated), allowed improvements in posture (60° and 99° for arm flexion and abduction, 14° for trunk and 0° for head/neck flexion), being classified as acceptable. Conclusions: The alternative postures simulated have the potential to reduce the risk of developing WRMSDs when radiographers and patients have different statures. Main messages • Radiographers’ postures in mammography can contribute to work-related musculoskeletal disorders • Non-acceptable posture was identified for MLO breast positioning (radiographer taller than patient) • Adapting posture to patient biotype reduces the WRMSD risk for radiographers

dc.titleErgonomic strategies to improve radiographers’ posture during mammography activities
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleInsights into Imaging
curtin.departmentDepartment of Medical Radiation Sciences
curtin.accessStatusOpen access

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