Medical Imaging Tables Positioning and Ergonomics…by Biodex

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New product offering aids sonographer positioning, aids in reduction of injuries and fatigue!

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders in sonography are conditions caused by repetitive, forceful or awkward movements that cause injury to muscles, tendons and ligaments. Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. designs its medical imaging tables, and has added a new sonography chair to its accessories line, to address these potential injuries. In addition to getting hurt, a sonographer can also experience fatigue which studies find reduces imaging quality. Ergonomically designed equipment aids sonographer positioning, reducing injury and fatigue, to ensure image quality does not become compromised as the day goes on.

The Sonography Chair, now available through Biodex, has a modern, ergonomic design, manufactured with recycled materials that offers multiple adjustments for seat height, back height and backwards-tilt tension adjustment with integrated seat slider. The chair’s color matches the 700 Series of Biodex Ultrasound Tables with a foot ring for additional support and positioning.

Biodex, a leader in imaging table design, meets the recommended guidelines of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) and procedures outlined in the document entitled, Sonography: Positioning Patients and Equipment found on OSHA’s website. Links to both of these documents can be found on the company’s website at: under the documents tab.

The importance of ergonomics is played out every day in clinics and hospitals using ultrasound as a diagnostic tool. According to the SDMS document, Consensus Conference on Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Sonography, “More than 80 percent of sonographers are scanning in pain and 20 percent of these professionals eventually experience career-ending injury. On average, within 5 years of entering the profession, sonographers experience pain while scanning.” This is why Biodex offers an assortment of table options to customize the table to suit the needs of the ultrasound department; the table is ergonomically designed to suit both patient and sonographer. The table is so accommodating, it reduces the total amount of time required to achieve a quality image, increasing productivity.
With the new Sonography Chair added to the product line there continues to be no barriers between sonographer and patient, allowing correct scanning posture to prevent musculoskeletal injury. The open frame design of the tables allows sonographers to get closer to the patient, especially useful for carotid imaging or long leg arterial scanning. The motorized Fowler Positioning is infinitely adjustable up to 80 degrees via hand controller. The leg section drops down to 40 degrees for patients with circulatory issues and 80 degrees for stirrup access.


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