The London Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games took the wraps off the Olympic Polyclinic this week. The polyclinic, an outpatient facility that will house a variety of general medical professionals and specialists, will serve as the main health center for treating the nearly 25,000 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and team members from over 200 countries attending the games.
GE, a sponsor of London 2012 games, has equipped the polyclinic with an array of advanced medical imaging technologies like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, X-ray, electrocardiogram (ECG), information technology, and monitoring systems.
In the Home Stretch: GE healthcare technology will help doctors diagnose athletes at the Olympic Games Polyclinic.
The polyclinic is among 120 infrastructure projects that GE is participating in at the Olympic Games. They include three Jenbacher CHP engines that will power the Olympic Park energy center; 120 EV charging stations to keep the London 2012 electric vehicle fleet in motion, and GE lighting technology that will light up the Olympic Stadium, as well as aquatics, basketball, and field hockey arenas. GE has also helped re-lamp London’s iconic Tower Bridge.
The London Polyclinic, which is located in close proximity to the athletes’ village and Olympic Games competition venues, will give medical staff the tools to help early diagnose and monitor injuries. Bettina Fitt, GE Healthcare’s country manager for UK & Ireland, said that the facility “can help treatment to be personalized and timing for return to the competition arena be more accurately predicted.” This personalization and optimization can give athletes an edge in competition where very small measurements separate gold and silver medals.