Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Manufacturer Responsibilities

With compelling evidence for WRMSDs in sonography, manufacturers must include ergonomics as a primary consideration in the design of apparatus and equipment. Innovative design addressing the ergonomics of workstation equipment for the sonographer/user can improve postural positioning and image acquisition and ultimately, exposure to risks associated with WRMSDs. The design of sophisticated and ergonomic workstation equipment (e.g. the ultrasound system, exam table, chairs, and ancillary equipment) assists in improving comfort and diagnostic accuracy, thus reducing sonographer/user fatigue and risk for injury.

Specific equipment design recommendations can be found in the Industry Standards for Prevention of Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Sonography.