I wrote a long post with lots of options for the best personal radiology equipment (and additional posts about using a left-hand device or implementing the magic of AutoHotkey for achieving hands-free dictation and efficiency).
But gosh, all those words!
For the use-with-your-hands part, here are some quick contexts and a single choice for each that you can implement wherever you work:
- Wrist hurts + want magic buttons and/or can’t install software: Zelotes C18/TRELC
- Wrist hurts + normal buttons and/or can install software: MX Vertical
- No wrist pain + Goldilocks (good but not insane amount of magic buttons, on-board memory means no software needed at each computer): G604 Lightspeed
- Debilitating wrist pain please help nothing is working: Roller Mouse
- Left-hand device with buttons and scrolling behavior: Contour Shuttle Pro V2 (read more here, software required)
- Left-hand device with buttons and on-board memory: ELSRA Smart (cheap, labelable)
- If you’re adding an off-hand device, you’ll want something to hold the dictaphone near your face. A cheap clamp like this works great.
Note: I didn’t get into any of this stuff until I became an attending, but looking back, it is insane that I was just using the garbage plugged into the workstation wherever I sat down.
While not everyone wants or needs to go full-on mega nerd with a hands-free setup and a left-hand device (though it’s awesome and I kind of do think everybody should), even residents would benefit from at least an inexpensive gaming/productivity mouse, especially for call when speed matters (it’s also during those night float months that many of us first began to experience repetitive stress injuries from bad ergonomics and inefficient workflows.) Optimizing is a worthy investment of time/energy/money.