Friday, November 4, 2011

Study shows cost of not turning off workstations after working hours

In a study published in the November issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiologythe authors demonstrated that the increased IT usage within radiology departments may benefit the patient, but puts a large burden on the energy consumption and thus on the environment. Especially because in many cases, radiology workstations tend to be switched on 24/7.
The authors demonstrated that shutting down equipment after an eight-hour day and on weekends would cut electricity consumption 76 percent, the researchers estimated, saving $9,225. The paper concludes that:

“Radiologist have the unique opportunity, as technological leaders, to direct energy efficiency measures as a means of cost savings and the reduction of airborne by-products from energy production to improve patients’ lives."

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