For the fourth consecutive year, the Department of Radiology at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, offered diagnostic ultrasound examinations to players at the US Open Tennis Championships tournament to evaluate for musculoskeletal injuries.
With the ability to generate high-quality diagnostic x-rays onsite, radiologists can rapidly and confidently diagnose the source and type of injury and provide the information needed within seconds to help decide if the player can remain competitive in the tennis tournament.
Led by Carlos Benitez, MD, director of musculoskeletal imaging at Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, an associate professor of radiology at the Icahn School of Medicine, the Mount Sinai team works closely with the tournament multi-specialty medical team.
At the Open, Mount Sinai radiologists employ the LOGIQ e, a portable, laptop-sized, ultrasound device made by GE Healthcare. The device has special settings and probes to diagnose musculoskeletal injuries. The ultrasound machine enables physicians to triage patients at the point of care and recommend more complex imaging techniques depending on the injury’s severity. If treatment is necessary, physicians ultrasound-guided injections and aspirations are handled at the stadium.
For the third year, Mount Sinai also brought a PACS workstation with GE Healthcare software to the tournament. The workstation has high-resolution, medical-grade monitors and a direct link to the hospital imaging archive.
Additionally, for the first time, the radiology team utilized a new portable x-ray machine, namely, the GE Optima 200, outfitted with a Konica Minolta Digital Detector that provided high definition digital images. The device was used to obtain x-rays of the chest, pelvis, spine, and/or extremities when requested by the tournament doctors.