Manchester United has announced a multi-year partnership renewal with Canon Medical Systems Europe as its Official Medical Systems Partner.

The continued collaboration will ensure players maintain access to state-of-the-art equipment to examine injuries and undertake pre-emptive screening for preventable injuries. As part of the extension, the club will benefit from product and technology upgrades that will strengthen cardiac and general health screenings.

The agreement was first signed in 2013, with top-of-the-range medical imaging including CT, MRI, and Ultrasound installed into a dedicated Medical Centre at the Aon Training Complex. The extended agreement will continue the diagnostic imaging partnership benefiting players and staff at Manchester United by improving player welfare and career longevity.

Manchester United’s Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold, comments: “We are delighted to extend what has been an excellent partnership with Canon Medical Systems over the past six years. At Manchester United, just like at Canon Medical Systems, we pride ourselves on innovation. Our world-class medical team at Manchester United, partnered with the world-class team at Canon has helped us provide our players with the best possible medical care.”

Mark Holmshaw, President and CEO at Canon Medical Systems Europe, comments: “As we continue to develop our medical system partnership with Manchester United Football Club, we do so with enhanced vigour and innovation strengths following our transition from Toshiba Medical Systems to Canon Medical Systems earlier this year. As part of the Canon Group, we are seeing direct results of our collaboration, taking imaging technologies to the next level.

”Besides this, we can draw on the 100-year medical system pedigree and presence in over 140 countries to ensure access to the latest product and solutions from our research and development teams. Medical technology powers confident diagnoses, speeds up treatment planning and ensures a faster return to the field of play. It is at the heart of modern healthcare, improving outcomes for everyone, whether that is in sports performance, or wider clinical practice.“ 

Manchester United Head of Sports Medicine and Science, Dr Steve McNally, comments: ”During the past six years, our partnership has redefined the standard for medical imaging in elite sport. Daily access to state-of-the-art equipment and intelligent technologies has improved responsiveness to clinical presentations. Most importantly, we have developed a concept of ‘performance imaging’ over and above clinical diagnostics.

“By utilising innovative techniques borne out of shared ideas and experiences from Canon Medical’s wider network of experts, we can now profile and monitor our players in ways we have never done before. This not only enhances athlete health and safety but also provides invaluable information to guide the athletic development process. As part of the partnership, we have also shared data that will assist in improving health services for the general public.”

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