The summer Olympics have officially ended, but the impact that this year's Olympics had on the world was huge. Going to the Olympics is the most important event an athlete can ever achieve. With 28 sports, and countless events, the Olympics has to host and be home to thousands of athletes in a wide range of sports. From track, to rowing, to weight lifting, there are bound to be some type of injuries. This is where the MRI machine saved the day for hundreds of athletes.


The best part of the Olympics is the high quality athletes that are competing. They are the best of the best. The same goes for the medical facilities at the Olympics, because the best athletes in the world deserve the best medical care in the world. In the Olympic village is the polyclinic, a large medical building to go to if an athlete or family member gets sick or injured.


At the polyclinic, there are a number of scanning machines, MRI’s, CT, ultrasound, x-ray. They are used specifically for the athletes to find out what is injured, and do it quickly, so that the athletes can be treated. The polyclinic in Rio was open 24 hours a day for the entirety of the games, some athletes would go into the clinic to get scans at 1 AM.


These facilities at huge athletic events are necessary for the athletes that are injured, but even for the athletes who perform at the highest level. Some athletes get a scan just to see what areas are under more stress, so they know where to relax and how to perform at the top of their game. The MRI’s performed scans of high profile injured athletes who needed these scans in order to compete again, and diagnose their injury, and in some more serious cases athlete's lives depended on the MRI to live.


MRI’s played an integral role at the Olympics for the athletes. And in even better news, GE announced last week that many of the MRI machines, and other imaging equipment, were donated to Rio and will stay in the community. The impact of MRI technology will last longer than just the three-week competition in Rio.