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J Am Coll Radiol. 2017 Feb;14(2):191-197. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2016.10.009. Epub 2016 Dec 9.

Tired in the Reading Room: The Influence of Fatigue in Radiology.

Author information

1
Department of Radiology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York. Electronic address: Stephen.waite@downstate.edu.
2
Department of Radiology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York.
3
Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland.
4
Department of Radiology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York.
5
Departments of Ophthalmology, Neurology, Physiology, and Pharmacology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York.
6
Department of Radiology & Imaging Sciences, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

Abstract

Commonly conflated with sleepiness, fatigue is a distinct multidimensional condition with physical and mental effects. Fatigue in health care providers and any secondary effects on patient care are an important societal concern. As medical image interpretation is highly dependent on visual input, visual fatigue is of particular interest to radiologists. Humans analyze their surroundings with rapid eye movements called saccades, and fatigue decreases saccadic velocity. Oculomotor parameters may, therefore, be an objective and reproducible metric of fatigue and eye movement analysis can provide valuable insight into the etiology of fatigue-related error.

KEYWORDS:

Fatigue; error; eye tracking; fixations; saccades

PMID:
27956140
DOI:
10.1016/j.jacr.2016.10.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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