Ergonomics for Rad Techs
Megan Malugani / Monster Contributing Writer
Whether performing diagnostic imaging exams or administering radiation therapy treatments, radiologic technologists (RTs) spend many of their working hours reaching, lifting, pushing, pulling, twisting, scanning or just plain hustling to keep up with their increasingly demanding workloads.
These rigorous physical demands can lead to injuries of the back, neck, shoulders, wrists and other body parts. But there are ways RTs can minimize their risks of workplace injury. “Better body mechanics should become a daily habit,” says radiation therapist Dawn Fucillo, who required surgery after she suffered a back injury more than 10 years ago lifting radiation-therapy cassettes loaded with extra lead.
Fucillo, former president of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) and director of Samaritan Regional Cancer Center and Mario Pastega House in Corvallis, Oregon, and other experts offer tips on how RTs can avoid workplace injuries.