Medical Imaging in the NFL

A radiology technologist gives his view from the sidelines

image of American football with team standing in a huddle

NFL preseason kicks off Aug. 3!  For many fans, a player’s physical condition is as important as their number of sacks or passing yards. And of course, medical imaging plays an essential diagnostic role in the NFL.

At the annual AHRA conference in July, Anthony Anderson, radiologic technologist for the Seattle Seahawks for the last 15 years, gave attendees a behind-the-sidelines look at the role of radiology in the NFL.

Anderson said that all players participate in a pre-draft physical that includes an MRI. The players are scanned when they are healthy so physicians have a baseline image for comparison. Continue reading