The Magnetic Resonance Laboratory is offering complimentary cardiac and brain screening exams for student athletes of the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD). We are currently working with Ann Rector, PUSD Health Coordinator, to recruit students who are actively involved in sports. These prevention-oriented MR scans will be able to detect life-threatening cardiac anomalies that can cause sudden cardiac death, as well as assess and monitor brain injuries, resulting from sports-related incidents, which may cause long-term physical, neurocognitive, and behavioral deficits.
Brain and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging exams are non-invasive, clinical routine procedures that allow for visualization of anatomy and functional assessments. The cardiac exam can detect congenital heart conditions and cardiomyopathies, which can prove to be life-threatening to those who physically exert themselves through sports. Students enrolled in the cardiac program will only need to have one cardiac screening exam performed, while the brain exam will be conducted once at the beginning of the season and subsequent exams will be performed if a student suffers any injuries during the season to evaluate changes due to trauma.
These prevention-oriented research initiatives are of particular importance to the students of PUSD, who are largely underserved with 67% of students identified as low-income; and thus likely to have minimal access to sufficient health care, including specialized procedures such as magnetic resonance imaging.
We are currently recruiting student athletes between the ages of 10-18 for either or both exams. For more information or to participate, please contact Darlene Royal at 626-397-5840 or email us at MagRes.HMRI@gmail.com.