Esaote Ergonomics, Workflow and Design in Diagnostic Ultrasound

Ergonomics, Workflow and Design

Esaote has started some years ago a review of its approach to the topics of Ergonomics, Workflow and Design in Diagnostic Ultrasound. This new approach, started in Europe, has been recently consolidated in the US with the presence of Esaote systems in some important Clinical Institutions where we have been able to get precious feedbacks and ideas from many experienced Sonographers and Physicians.

Ergonomics, Workflow and Design in Diagnostic Ultrasound

Esaote has started some years ago a review of its approach to the topics of Ergonomics, Workflow and Design in Diagnostic Ultrasound.

This new approach, started in Europe, has been recently consolidated in the US with the presence of Esaote systems in some important Clinical Institutions where we have been able to get precious feedbacks and ideas from many experienced Sonographers and Physicians.

The tools used by Esaote to improve regarding Ergonomics, Workflow and Design of Ultrasound systems and Transducers, have been so far

  • Direct interviews to Sonographers and Physicians
  • Observational studies
  • Motion Analysis
  • Eye Tracking
  • Superficial Electromyography (SEMG)
  • Digital Human Modelling (DHM) and iterative simulations
  • Focus Groups on mock ups and prototypes

The above listed studies have been performed regarding different clinical applications (Abdomen, Vascular, Cardiac, WH) and considering different Ultrasound systems (portables, cart-based Mid-End, cart-based High-End) and probe typologies (linear, convex, phased array, special probes).

Different body types and heights of possible users (considering standing and sitting scanning) were also evaluated in the system design phase regarding:

  • Max and Min control panel height (for cart-based and portable systems on trolley)
  • Control panel rotation
  • System and monitor maneuverability
  • User Interface Controls disposition

The outcome of the previously listed studies, tests, simulations and evaluations had several outcomes in terms of Ergonomics, Workflow and Design of Esaote MyLab™ Ultrasound systems and probes:

  • Controls at “hand-palm” distance from trackball
  • Integrated touch screen in portable ultrasound systems (no Soft Key Menus)
  • Reduced reaching due to controls rationalization and grouping
  • Reduced complexity of interactive Menus (only 2 levels)
  • Macro recorder (to re-call several actions with a single activation)
  • Customizable Protocols

  • Automatic solutions for measurements and image and Doppler signal quality
  • On board learning tools
  • appleprobe and lightweight Design of transducers
  • OptiLight for on board environmental light adjustment
  • Programmable controls available on probe
  • Smartphone and Tablet based remote controller App for cart-based systems

Several optimizations and innovations in terms of Ergonomics, Workflow and Design are on going, to be implemented on updated and brand new Esaote MyLab™ Ultrasound systems and probes.

Esaote Publications on Ultrasound Ergonomics, Workflow and Design

Some Esaote studies about Ergonomics, Workflow and Design of MyLab™ Ultrasound systems and probes were also published in Scientific Journals and presented at International Conferences.

  • “Case Study of Integrated Ergonomic Assessment of a Portable Ultrasound System”, Leonardo Forzoni, Nicola Guraschi, Claudio Fertino, Marco Delpiano, Giorgio Santambrogio, Giuseppe Baselli, Fiammetta Costa, Maximiliano Romero and Giuseppe Andreoni, Advances in Human Aspects of Healthcare Chapter 2
    Citation Information - Advances in Human Aspects of Healthcare; Edited by Vincent G. Duffy, CRC Press 2012; Pages 13–22; Print ISBN: 978-1-4398-7021-1; eBook ISBN: 978-1-4398-7022-8
  • “Motion Analysis and Eye Tracking Technologies applied to Portable Ultrasound Systems User Interfaces Evaluation”; Giuseppe Andreoni, Daniela Zambarbieri, Leonardo Forzoni, Marco Mazzola, Sara D'Onofrio, Stefano Viotti, Giorgio Santambrogio, Giuseppe Baselli - Published in the Conference Proceedings of the IEEE ICCMA 2013 Congress: 2013 International Conference on Computer Medical Applications, Dates: 20 Jan - 22 Jan 2013
  • “Progettare tecnologie biomediche con modelli umani digitali” (“Biomedical Technology Design with Digital Human Modeling”), Giuseppe Andreoni, Marco Mazzola, Sara D’Onofrio, Leonardo Forzoni, Sapio DAXXXVIII Online Magazine – www.daonline.info/sito/pagine/home.php
  • “Superficial Electromyography and Motion Analysis Technologies applied to Ultrasound System User Interface and Probe Ergonomics Evaluation”, F. Vannetti, T. Atzori, G. Pasquini, L. Forzoni, L. Modi, R. Molino-Lova, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics AHFE 2014, Kraków, Poland 19-23 July 2014
  • “Evaluation of Professional Ultrasound Probes with Santos DHM. Handling comfort map generation and ergonomics assessment of different grasps”, M. Mazzola, L. Forzoni, S. D’Onofrio, C.E. Standoli, G. Andreoni, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics AHFE 2014, Kraków, Poland 19-23 July 2014
  • “Using Santos DHM to design the working environment for sonographers in order to minimize the risks of musculoskeletal disorders and to satisfy the clinical recommendations”, M. Mazzola, L. Forzoni, S. D'Onofrio, T. Marler, S. Beck, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics AHFE 2014, Kraków, Poland 19-23 July 2014
  • “Usability Characteristics Assessment Protocol applied to eTouch Ultrasound User-defined Workflow Optimization Tool”, F. Vannetti, T. Atzori, K. Hartmann, G. Altobelli, R. Molino-Lova, L. Forzoni; Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics AHFE 2015, Las Vegas, USA 26-30 July 2015
  • “Ultrasound System Typologies, User Interfaces and Probes Design: a Review”, G. Andreoni, M. Mazzola, S. Matteoli, S. D’Onofrio, L. Forzoni; Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics AHFE 2015, Las Vegas, USA 26-30 July 2015
  • “Ergonomics and workflow evaluation of automatic Doppler angle technology implemented in a diagnostic ultrasound system”, F. Vannetti, T. Atzori, S. Matteoli, S. D’Onofrio, L. Forzoni; Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics AHFE 2015, Las Vegas, USA 26-30 July 2015
  • “Feasibility study for the use of a diagnostic Ultrasound system through a wireless touch screen-based remote controller in Vascular, Surgery and Neurosurgery applications”, F. Prada, F. DiMeco, G. Torzilli, D. Righi, G. Ciuti, , L. Lodigiani, S. De Beni, S. D’Onofrio, L. Forzoni; European Congress of Radiology 2016, ECR 2016 / C-1792, Scientific Exhibit, DOI: 10.1594/ecr2016/C-1792, Web link: posterng.netkey.at/esr/viewing/index.php
  • “Use of Digital Human Model for ultrasound system design: A case study to minimize the risks of musculoskeletal disorders”, Marco Mazzola , Leonardo Forzoni, Sara D'Onofrio , Giuseppe Andreoni; International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, Elsevir, ePub: 2 March 2016, DOI: 10.1016/j.ergon.2016.02.009

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