9 March 2020
Canon Medical have been the ”Official Medical Systems Partner” for Manchester United Football Club since 2012, and the most recent addition to the suite of equipment available enables players to get quicker and quieter diagnostic scans to detect injuries and undertake routine monitoring of players.
The Vantage Galan 3T MRI has been installed at the club’s state-of-the-art imaging centre at Old Trafford training ground alongside CT and ultrasound imaging systems. Manchester United FC’s doctors and physiotherapists will benefit from quicker and quieter MRI scans and more detailed image outputs, ensuring optimum health planning for the team’s premier and youth league players. Reactive and proactive health surveillance, performance management and injury grading will also be optimised from enhanced functionality of the system, delivering sharper, clearer images for decision making.
“Even the smallest injury in elite sports has implications. Having the right diagnostic tool at the peak of its development is vital to diagnosing subtle injuries that could impact player health,” states Dr Steve McNally, Head of Football Medicine and Science at the club. “Using high resolution MRI therefore helps to identify very minute intra-articular joint injuries, muscle oedema changes or very small fibre tears.”
Scan planning can also be enhanced with ForeSee View, a new tool that previews slice planning in real time, particularly useful for anatomies that are traditionally difficult to scan.
Canon Medical provides CT, MRI and ultrasound systems to ensure that the world-class players and youth academy receive the best possible diagnostic care. Other football medicine partnerships are in place at FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, English national league club Barnet FC in North London and Spanish La Liga team RCD Espanyol. Wider sports medicine collaborations across Europe have been set up in basketball, cycling, ice hockey, rugby and tennis.