News - Consultant radiologist develops imaging services for Olympics

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RD&E consultant musculoskeletal radiologist Dr David Silver has played a key role in the setting up of specialist imaging services for hundreds of international athletes competing in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.


Dr Silver


NHS professionals have given up annual leave to volunteer for this once in a lifetime experience – providing top class healthcare services for competitors in the pre-games training and during the Olympics event during July and August.


LOCOG (London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games) asked the British Society of Skeletal Radiologists to provide expert musculoskeletal imaging for all athletes and the wider ‘Olympic family.’ A project committee was set up four years ago with elected volunteers who are all Society members.  Dr Silver was elected to this committee and has worked with the other members to set up imaging facilities throughout the UK and recruit a 116-strong volunteer workforce of radiologists, radiographers and radiographic assistants.


Dr Silver said: “We anticipate providing musculoskeletal medical services to about 200 athletes daily in the state of the art polyclinic in the Olympic village. There has been multi-million pound investment in the clinic technology – including two MRI scanners, a CT scanner and three ultrasound machines. This will not only benefit the athletes, but long after the Olympics, is set to be a lasting legacy benefitting local NHS patients. Information available from the World Games in Beijing suggests there were over 21,000 medical cases and 1,000 of them needed imaging examinations. We will endeavour to turn around the imaging service on the same day of the request which potentially could generate 100 MRI scans within 24 hours at peak demand times. It is going to be hard work but opportunities like this come about once in a lifetime and it will showcase the excellence in musculoskeletal imaging in this country.”



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