Radiology and the Super Bowl

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I’m not usually a football fan, but since moving to Seattle, I’ve found myself getting swept up in the 12th Man phenomenon. As a result, today I found myself counting down the hours until kickoff.

When the first injury of the game occurred, the announcers said that Jeremy Lane had been taken away for X-rays. “X-rays?” I said to myself. “Right there in the stadium?”

After some reflection, it made sense that when the stakes are that high, the coaches would want top-quality and top-speed diagnostics as close as possible. If you’re curious about what providing those services entails, here’s an interview with Norm Burgess, a radiographer for the Dallas Cowboys whose résumé includes the 2010 Super Bowl. I also found an article from Aunt Minnie covering some of the radiologists who work with the players between games. And just for kicks, here’s a reminder that the Radiological Society of North America’s social media team was quick off the mark during the 2013 Super Bowl blackout.

Here’s to the 2015 season — go Hawks!

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