Sports Medicine Said to Overuse M.R.I.’s

In the fall, Gina Kolata took a critical look at magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and its suspected overuse in professional sports. She published the latest findings in the New York Times on October 28th, 2011.

I have been privileged to discuss the value of MRI’s with baseball people such as Eddie Robinson, Jon Matlack and Tom House. Also, I’ve enjoyed digesting comments from sports medicine specialists such as John Conway, Mike Mycoskie and Mark Woolf.  What I’ve learned over the years is that MRIs are invaluable–the key to their value is in how they are translated.

These findings are especially important for young athletes. I hope you find the information educational.

“M.R.I.’s can be invaluable in certain situations — finding serious problems like tumors or helping distinguish between competing diagnoses that fit a patient’s history and symptoms… But scans are easily misinterpreted and can result in misdiagnoses leading to unnecessary or even harmful treatments.”

Here is the original article by Gina Kolata for The New York Times (October 28, 2011).


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