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Ultrasound. 2015 Nov;23(4):224-30. doi: 10.1177/1742271X15593575. Epub 2015 Jun 30.

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders in ultrasound: Can you reduce risk?.

Ultrasound (Leeds, England)

Gill Harrison, Allison Harris


  1. Division of Radiography, School of Health Sciences, City University London, Northampton Square, London, UK.

PMID: 27433262 PMCID: PMC4760593 DOI: 10.1177/1742271X15593575


Work-related musculoskeletal disorders are a common cause of pain and sickness absence for ultrasound practitioners. This article aims to provide background information about factors increasing the chance of developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders and potential ways to reduce risk. Factors influencing ultrasound professionals' likelihood of developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders include poor posture, repetitive movements, transducer pressure and poor grip, stress, workload, limited support or sense of control and other psychosocial factors. The impact of these risk factors on the health and well being of ultrasound practitioners can be reduced by following recommendations published by professional bodies and the Health and Safety Executive. Ultrasound practitioners should remember that optimising the examination should not be at the detriment of their health. Some hints and tips to reduce the chance of developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders are provided.

Keywords: WRMSD; Work-related musculoskeletal disorder; ergonomics; health and safety; risk reduction; ultrasound


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