Another study published in September’s Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) examined long radiology working hours. Perhaps not surprisingly, longer hours affect reading accuracy.

The study titled “Long Radiology Workdays Reduce Detection and Accommodation Accuracy” by Krupinski, Berbaum, Caldwell, et al enlisted 40 attending radiologists and residents who viewed 60 bone examinations, half with fractures.

The readers read the studies twice, once at the start of the day, and then at the end of the day after a long day of reading exams.

Reading time and ability to maintain focus was measured before and after each reading session, as well as symptoms of fatigue and oculomotor strain were collected.

The results showed that participants’ diagnostic accuracy after a day of clinical reading was compromised. Radiologists had a reduced ability to focus, increased symptoms of fatigue and oculomotor strain, and reduced ability to detect fractures.

View the study online on the JACR’s website.

(Source: Abstract)