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The MRI Study will consist of screening a continuous series of 10,000 students, athletes and non-athletes (middle or high school), using an innovative magnetic resonance imaging protocol, on school campuses initially in the Houston area, but eventually expandable throughout Texas, and the rest of the nation. The study will use a bus-mounted MRI machine, to bring the testing facility to the students’ campuses.

No intravenous contrast or dangerous iodizing radiation (like in CAT scanning) will be used and no direct clinical advice or diagnosis will be delivered on the field by the involved personnel. Individual screening test reports will be made available to the students and their families.  

Cases identified as carrying CAA, with the potential for significant clinical consequences, will be advised to pursue expert advice. A list of many, local or national, competent consultants will be offered. When the results of the study become available, general recommendations and policies will be proposed to the governing sport and cardiology organizations. Learn more.


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