MOUNT BRYDGES, Ontario, Sept. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- RedRick Technologies, a provider of ergonomic radiology furniture, monitor mounting solutions and reading room design guidance, recently released the first planning guide focused on medical imaging reading environment optimization. The project was a collaboration with CannonDesign, an integrated global design firm.
The planning guide provides practical, educational guidance for architects, designers, facilities planners and clinical department leaders involved in the design and renovation of medical imaging reading room environments, by summarizing the best practices that meet the unique needs of medical imaging departments. It defines the many factors that constitute good reading room design and siting, including how they enhance the practice of radiology. Emphasized are how to employ good ergonomic principles to eliminate the repetitive motion injuries that often impact physician health and well being, and the consideration of proper reading room location to enhance communication between radiologists and the clinicians they service.
Eliot Siegel, M.D., Professor and Vice Chair at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, who has been investigating reading room design since implementing the first filmless radiology department in 1996, believes reading room optimization is a long overlooked opportunity that can benefit the reinvention of radiology. "Since the inception of PACS almost 20 years ago, the medical imaging community has learned a lot about how good reading room design can improve quality of care and customer service, both of which enhance the value of radiology. This planning guide is a valuable tool for ensuring more organizations benefit from this collective knowledge."
Carlos Amato, AIA, ACHA, Principle/Healthcare Architect at CannonDesign and planning guide co-author, points out, "Good environmental and space design ensures that a reading room supports the operational, clinical and educational needs of the department, by minimizing distractions and providing a comfortable working environment."
The planning guide breaks the overall reading environment into Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Zones to enable the reader to gain a more holistic understanding of the impact of room lighting, sound and climate control, room flow, layout, siting, access, and ergonomics. It also includes a checklist to facilitate implement of the guidance, and discusses factors that may impact the future of medical imaging and reading room design. The planning guide can be downloaded here.
About RedRick Technologies
RedRick Technologies designs, develops, and optimizes reading room environments, and the ergonomic workspaces they synergistically incorporate. You know us best from our sturdy and carefully designed ergonomic workstations and monitor mounting solutions, however, our expertise encompasses space design, environmental control, lighting, and acoustics; all factors that must work together to optimize radiology reading room design. Over the last 12 years we have been helping our clients maximize department productivity, workflow, and space utilization, and ensure reading environments support the operational goals of both Radiology and the healthcare enterprise. Our four-step process ensures you maximize your department's productivity, workflow, and space utilization, through an optimized radiology reading room design. Let RedRick help you realize a reading environment that facilitates your transition from volume-based to value-based imaging. Learn more by contacting us at 1-800-340-9511 and at www.redricktechnologies.com
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