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Volume 10 Supplement 3

Symposium Mammographicum 2008

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The seated mammographer: a radical improvement in ergonomics

Anecdotally there are many mammographers that experience musculoskeletal discomfort, although it does not feature highly in the published literature. The aim of the present project was to reduce musculoskeletal discomfort and pain associated with mammography, through examining ways of improving posture and thereby reducing muscular loading.

The poster demonstrates how we evaluated our working practice with the support of ergonomic professionals, in order to reduce high-risk techniques and postures. Our evaluation led to a radical change in the way our mammographers undertake the examination. The present project has demonstrated the importance of examining our own working practice, seeking informed professional advice and being willing to change or adapt our techniques to minimize long-term health implications.

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Lavell, J., Burkitt, J. The seated mammographer: a radical improvement in ergonomics. Breast Cancer Res 10 (Suppl 3), P46 (2008).

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