Radiology Reading Rooms

A Picture of Comfort and Efficiency

Modern digital imaging, together with the latest picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), are a great advancement in the radiologist’s workspace. They allow clinicians to spend more time on patient care instead of requesting, waiting for, and reviewing film studies. At the same time, using this specialized equipment often means doctors spend long hours in uncomfortable positions. Supporting the physical requirements of the job is more important than ever.

Steelcase researchers followed doctors who spent long periods in static positions at computer terminals. Comfort and flexibility suffered. In order to create a less stressful, more supportive work environment, practical solutions were needed. Quick and easy adjustments for worksurfaces, tools, monitor supports, lighting and seating are all important. The products we offer are all designed to support a doctor’s posture, focus and workflow while minimizing fatigue.


  • Include multiple flat screen monitors on flexible arms to accommodate the need to view more than one set of scans at a time. As the industry transitions from film to digital, a light box may still be necessary.
  • The space should provide directed lighting for radiologists who need to read reference materials in a darkened space. Consider giving users control of the light levels at the table.
  • The worksurface must accommodate three zones: the primary zone for monitor viewing, the secondary zone for dictation, and the third zone for accessing reference material.