Optimizing Radiology Reading Room Design: The Eudaimonia Radiology Machine

Ethan P. Larsen, Tigist Hailu, Lydia Sheldon, Abigail Ginader, Nicole Bodo, David Dewane, Andrew J. Degnan, John Finley, Raymond W. Sze

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Physical and mental stressors on radiologists can result in burnout. Although current efforts seek to target the issues of burnout and stress for radiologists, the impact of their physical workspace is often overlooked. By combining evidence-based design, human factors, and the architectural concept of the Eudaimonia Machine, we have developed a redesign of the radiology reading room that aims to create an optimal workspace for the radiologist. Informed by classical principles of well-being and contemporary work theory, Eudaimonia integrates concerns for individual wellness and efficiency to create an environment that fosters productivity. This layout arranges a work environment into purposeful spaces, each hosting tasks of varying degrees of intensity. The improved design addresses the radiologist's work requirements while also alleviating cognitive and physical stress, fatigue, and burnout. This new layout organizes the reading room into separate areas, each with a distinct purpose intended to support the range of radiologists’ work, from consultation with other health care providers to reading images without interruption. The scientific principles that undergird evidence-based design and human factors considerations ensure that the Eudaimonia Radiology Machine is best suited to support the work of the radiologists and the entire radiology department.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)108-120
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the American College of Radiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Burnout
  • evidence-based design
  • human factors
  • reading room

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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