TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama Crimson Tide unveiled a new component to its game day medical services this weekend with the installation of a Clinical Imaging Management Systems digital X-ray system.
The advent of the CIMS digital X-ray system enables the Crimson Tide's team doctors to quickly diagnose player injuries for leading edge medical care. Alabama is the first NCAA athletics program to have a CIMS digital X-ray system in use.
"CIMS, in partnership with our local partner, Red Mountain Imaging, is honored to have been chosen to provide the University of Alabama athletic department cutting edge medical care for their athletes," Neil Cox, CEO of Clinical Imaging Management Systems LLC, said.
The Tide's digital X-ray system gives its medical staff the ability to take digital x-rays using computed radiography. Since the x-ray is in digital format, the x-ray can be adjusted and viewed by team doctors at Bryant-Denny Stadium using computers and can also be sent electronically to specialist for secondary opinions. The Tide makes the new system available to its opponents as well.
"The health and well being of our student-athletes is our first priority," Alabama's director of sports medicine Bill McDonald said. "Anything that increases the speed at which we are able to diagnose an injury is obviously a tremendous help to our medical staff which is why we're very pleased to have a CIMS digital X-ray system on site at the stadium."