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MRI is the dominant imaging modality in elite sports, particularly when it comes to top professional footballers. Given the money involved, pressure for a speedy diagnosis is extremely intense, says Dr. Justin Lee, who specializes in football and rugby injuries and is getting prepared for the start of the European Championships in France this week.

Today we've posted a video interview with Dr. Lee. He gave up his post with the U.K. National Health Service in March 2016 to concentrate full time on sports imaging, and he speaks frankly about his work and the special difficulties faced when dealing with these players. Click here to view it.

The Rio Olympics are less than two months away. In the polyclinic, the organizers will need both 1.5- and 3-tesla MRI systems, recommends Dr. Phil O'Connor, imaging lead at London 2012, in another video interview, which you can access here.

MRI can identify many different muscle injuries, but radiologists also need to provide an indication of the severity of injury, so referring clinicians can decide how long athletes need to refrain from sport. Evidence about their ability to provide this information is mixed, but progress is being made. Find out more here.

The brain of a patient with schizophrenia is constantly attempting to reorganize itself, possibly to rescue itself or limit tissue damage, according to the authors of a new study. The research included nearly 200 patients, half with and half without schizophrenia, who received MRI scans. For the full story, click here.

This letter features only a few of the many articles posted during the past few weeks in the MRI Community. Please scroll through the rest of our coverage below this message.

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