Long Radiology Workdays Reduce Detection and Accommodation Accuracy

Source: Elizabeth A. Krupinski, Kevin S. Berbaum, Robert T. Caldwell, Kevin M. Schartz, John Kim, Journal of the American College of Radiology, Volume 7, Issue 9, September 2010
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From the abstract:
The aim of this study was to measure the diagnostic accuracy of fracture detection, visual accommodation, reading time, and subjective ratings of fatigue and visual strain before and after a day of clinical reading. Diagnostic accuracy was reduced significantly after a day of clinical reading. After a day of clinical reading, radiologists have reduced ability to focus, increased symptoms of fatigue and oculomotor strain, and reduced ability to detect fractures. Radiologists need to be aware of the effects of fatigue on diagnostic accuracy and take steps to mitigate these effects.

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