It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Gets Hurt… Then Comes Sports Imaging

An invitation to serve athletes’ imaging needs at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics was one of the high points of the celebrated career of Lynne Steinbach, MD. “To nurture my interest in sports imaging and then to be in the presence of the greatest athletes of our time was a dream come true,” shared Dr. Steinbach about the experience.

But it isn’t all about hanging out with sports celebrities for this noted expert in musculoskeletal sports imaging. “Sports imaging teaches us about what happens when healthy bodies are pushed to their limits,” explains Dr. Steinbach. “In our practice, with state-of-the-art imaging, a wealth of experience, and good collaboration with our referring clinicians, we can make a difference in the healing process."

As the current Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship director, Dr. Steinbach’s career has focused on various aspects of musculoskeletal MR imaging. Her research projects are collaborative and far-reaching in the musculoskeletal field, and include MR arthrography, shoulder and elbow MR imaging, MR neurography, correlation of clinical findings of ACL reconstruction with imaging, rotator cuff and shoulder instability evaluation on MRI, and the postoperative shoulder. She has edited four books, including two covering MRI of the shoulder and MRI of upper extremity joints.

Dr. Steinbach’s cutting-edge work, clinical aptitude and society leadership positions do not go unrecognized. She will receive the 2018 Founders Medal of the International Skeletal Society, and was the first woman to be president of that society. She was named one the Bay Area Top Doctors for 2017 by San Francisco Magazine, and was just honored as an Inaugural Fellow of the American Association for Women Radiologists, an organization for which she served as president in the past.

A little bit further down the road? Perhaps another visit to the Olympics when the games are held in Los Angeles in 2028!

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