Tennis Identity

High tech medicine behind the scenes at the U.S. Open

Mount Sinai Health System orthopaedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, and radiologists will use the latest technology to care for athletes at this year’s US Open.  This is the fourth year in a row that Mount Sinai is serving as the official medical services provider for the tournament.

For the first time at the US Open, radiologists will have advanced image-viewing workstations on hand to improve patient care, and ensure a quicker diagnosis.  If players are injured and need to get imaging (such as MRIs) at The Mount Sinai Hospital or other nearby locations, the athlete’s physicians at the stadium can now have real-time access to those scans, and examine them with high-resolution monitors. They can also compare those images to the athlete’s previously uploaded scans from other health centers in their home countries.  Radiologists will be able to rapidly diagnose injuries just minutes after a scan has been completed.  Then trainers and doctors can immediately decide on the player’s treatment options, and if they can remain competitive during the tournament.

Doctors at the tournament will also use specialized ultrasound laptops with optimized imaging that were first introduced at last year’s tournament.  Through these devices, physicians will help pinpoint, diagnose, and even treat sports-related injuries.

“This is one of the few major tennis events in the world that has full-time radiologists on site to provide these specific services,” said Carlos Benitez, MD, Director of Musculoskeletal Imaging at Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s. “Mount Sinai is leading the way in bringing technologies and medical expertise from the hospital into the field, and giving these elite athletes the absolute best care.”

“We are excited to have our highly trained musculoskeletal imagers in the field as members of the multidisciplinary team, equipped with the critical tools that they need to give a rapid and accurate diagnosis of player injuries,” said Alexander Kagen, MD, Site Chair, Department of Radiology, Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s.

Alexis Chiang Colvin, MD, Associate Professor of Sports Medicine in the Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and team physician for the US Fed Cup Team, serves as the chief medical officer of the United States Tennis Association (USTA).

“Mount Sinai is committed to using the latest technologies to give injured competitors timely, efficient and comprehensive care.” said Dr. Colvin.  “The USTA and Mount Sinai share the common goals of providing top-level treatment to players at the US Open, along with promoting the physical, mental and social benefits of tennis as a lifelong sport.”

“Our physicians look forward to refining unique skills required to care for professional athletes at the US Open, and using this knowledge to better treat our year-round patients who participate in athletics,” said James Gladstone, MD, Co-Chief of the Sports Medicine Service at The Mount Sinai Hospital, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine, medical advisor to the US Davis Cup tennis team, and consultant to the US Open.

Mount Sinai’s team of sports medicine experts goes beyond providing medical care at the US Open.  Physicians have worked with the USTA since 2013 to develop programs in injury prevention, community tennis, and diversity, and to conduct educational outreach on tennis and health.

Technology for Fast Onsite Injury Diagnoses and Treatment

Radiologists from the Mount Sinai Health System will use the PACS workstation (Picture Archiving and Communication System) made by GE Healthcare to examine an injured player’s MRI scans immediately on site and view them with high-resolution medical monitors to assess progression of injury.  This provides doctors with more complete information when giving players a direct consultation.

Mount Sinai radiologists will use the LOGIQ e, a portable, laptop-size computer made by GE Healthcare.  It has special settings and probes to diagnose musculoskeletal injuries.  The ultrasound machine will allow physicians to triage patients at the point of care and recommend more involved imaging techniques depending on the injury’s severity.  If treatment is necessary, physicians will be able to do ultrasound-guided joint treatments at the stadium.

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