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GE Healthcare Releases London 2012 Polyclinic Imaging Data to Mark International Day of Radiology


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GE Healthcare's Discovery* XR656 wireless, digital x-ray system, VENUE* 40 and LOGIQ* E9 ultrasound systems to assist doctors in diagnosing musculoskeletal injuries tested by GB athlete. 

Radiology plays a crucial role in sports medicine, as it facilitates the accurate diagnosis and treatment of injuries. To mark the first International Day of Radiology  the anniversary of the day that Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen discovered the X-ray  GE Healthcare has created an infographic based on data captured by its Centricity* Radiology Information System (RIS) at the London 2012 ‘Polyclinic’ medical facility. The data depict which imaging disciplines were most widely used and highlight the parts of the body most frequently scanned in order to help inform decisions for the Rio 2016 facility.
The Polyclinic was a state-of-the-art hospital built at the London Olympic site which catered for the medical needs of over 22,000 competing Olympic and Paralympic athletes and team officials. As at previous Games since 2006, GE Healthcare provided the imaging technology which enabled Polyclinic radiologists and physicians to diagnose and plan medical treatments, helping increase the likelihood of injured athletes returning to competitive form, and where possible giving them the confidence to do so.

Finn Crotty, the Olympics Project Lead for GE Healthcare explained: “From the outset, one of our aims was to collect detailed data from the London 2012 Polyclinic, to enable the Rio 2016 team to make more informed decisions about technology needs. Our experiences at Beijing told us we needed a CT scanner onsite this time around. CT imaging enabled diagnosing of trauma and guiding therapy. The data tell us that CTs comprised 5% of the total scans performed at the Polyclinic.”

Data were also collected on which parts of the body were most frequently scanned. Sports imaging generally has a high percentage of ‘extremity’ injuries, particularly lower extremities such as knees and ankle joints, highlighted in the anatomy graphic. The data help indicate the number of scans that could be completed on an extremities-specific MRI scanner, which would help manage the extremely high demand for MRI imaging.

Finn continued: “As we continue our analysis of the Polyclinic data, other insights will emerge which we will pass on to the Rio team to help them deliver an even better polyclinic in 2016.”
Qualitative feedback from those who worked at the Polyclinic was very positive. 

Dr Phil O’Connor, Imaging Lead at the London 2012 Olympics Polyclinic, who delivered a lecture on International Day of Radiology at the Royal College of Radiologists, recounting his London 2012 experiences, said: “The success and high usage of the Polyclinic was to a large extent down to speed and accuracy of diagnosis that the imaging equipment allowed, which gave country medical teams a lot more confidence in the ability of the Polyclinic to get their athletes safely and quickly back to the starting blocks after a twinge or an injury.”

Dr Richard Budgett, Chief Medical Officer for London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games explained: “London 2012 was the 12th Olympic Games I have worked at. Team doctors and the International Olympic Committee Medical Commission felt that the Polyclinic facilities here were the best ever, largely as a result of the state-of-the-art imaging service provided. The team from GE Healthcare played a vital role in enabling the staff at the Polyclinic to provide a comprehensive and reliable service to injured athletes. As a past Chief Medical Officer for Team GB, I know how important it is to have immediate access to comprehensive imaging of the highest quality, conveniently located within the Polyclinic. Thanks to GE Healthcare’s know-how, technology and technical support, this was delivered.”

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