A growing number of sports medicine specialists are claiming that there is a vast overuse of MRI scans in the world of sports. See “Sports Medicine Said to Overuse A Popular Scan,” New York Times.

“If you want an excuse to operate on a pitcher’s throwing shoulder, just get an MRI,” according to Dr. James Andrews, one of the most well-known sports orthopedists.

According to the article by Gina Kolata, “scans are easily misinterpreted and can result in misdiagnoses leading to unnecessary or even harmful treatments.”

Dr. Christopher DiGiovanni, a professor of orthopedics and a sports medicine specialist at Brown University said, “It’s very rare for an MRI to come back with the words ‘normal study.’ I can’t tell you the last time I’ve seen it.

Whether you’re a professional, college, high school or youth athlete, if the doctor says, “We should get an MRI,” it might be wise to question the necessity of the scan.

Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of Fans


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