Isn’t it ironic? As a sonographer, you take great pains to ensure that your patients are comfortable. Yet in doing so, you can be sacrificing your own comfort and health. It’s no secret that musculoskeletal injuries are far too common an occurrence among ultrasound professionals.
But is that really surprising? A typical ultrasound imaging session in a cardiology or radiology department lasts between 15 and 30 minutes. It often involves sustained awkward postures as well as poor biomechanics, and requires constant manual manipulation of the transducer to just hold it steady in a fixed position on an ‘immobile’ patient. This strains and fatigues the musculature of the neck, back, shoulder and upper extremity. All just to maintain a good position fix for the transducer. In fact, how senseless it is that highly skilled and trained medical professionals must hold a transducer in place under such conditions for an extended period?