Manchester United Football Club and Canon Medical Systems announce continued clinical collaboration.


Relationship to drive medical research in cardiology, musculoskeletal and sports medicine while simultaneously supporting elite football injury assessment, prevention and ensuring a faster return to the field of play.

The unique partnership will ensure that world-class players continue to gain instant access to advanced imaging equipment to examine injuries and undertake pre-emptive screening for preventable injuries, improving player welfare and maintaining career longevity at an elite level. The collaboration will also continue to push the boundaries of medical research and through translational methods, will benefit patient populations and healthcare professionals internationally.

The agreement between the two iconic organisations was first signed six years ago and top-of-the-range imaging modalities including CT, MRI and Ultrasound were installed into a dedicated Medical Centre at Manchester United’s Aon Training Complex. The renewed contract will continue the diagnostic imaging partnership benefitting players and staff at Manchester United Football Club, clinical communities operating in sports medicine and ultimately patients in the wider world.

Studies seeking the answers to prevent clinical conditions, improve diagnosis or enhance treatment in the areas of cardiology, musculoskeletal (MSK) and sports medicine are regularly undertaken at the Aon Training Complex. Research initiatives conducted throughout the partnership have been presented at high-level European Cardiology conferences, all of which have been very well received. This includes ‘Musculoskeletal MRI in Football Medicine’ and ‘Exercise Myocardial Performance in Adolescent Athletes’ research to extend knowledge and understanding in the fields of sports medicine.

Mr. Mark Holmshaw, CEO and President of Canon Medical Systems Europe BV (l) and Mr. Richard Arnold, Group Managing Director, Manchester United Football Club during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford on August 10, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom.


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As we continue to develop our medical system partnership with Manchester United Football Club, we do so with enhanced vigour and innovation strengths following our transition from Toshiba Medical Systems to Canon Medical Systems earlier this year. As part of the Canon Group, we are seeing direct results of our collaboration, taking imaging technologies to the next level.  Mark Holmshaw, President and CEO at Canon Medical Systems Europe

Highlighting Manchester United’s medical centre is state-of-the-art equipment supplied by Canon Medical Systems: an Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition computed tomography (CT) scanner, a Vantage Titan 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, an Aplio i-series ultrasound scanner, and a Viamo portable ultrasound system.

The Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition Scanner in situ at Manchester United’s Medical Centre

The Vantage Titan 3T MRI scanner seems almost to be on the pitch at Old Trafford Stadium

Club doctor Steve McNally discusses the value of his club’s partnership with Canon and the benefits of daily access to the company’s sophisticated equipment.

Club doctor Steve McNally discusses the value of his club’s partnership with Canon and the benefits of daily access to the company’s sophisticated equipment.

The Canon Medical advantage
“During the past six years, our partnership has redefined the standard for medical imaging in elite sport. Daily access to state-of-the-art equipment and intelligent technologies has improved responsiveness to clinical presentations. Most importantly, we have developed a concept of ‘performance imaging’ over and above clinical diagnostics” states Dr Steve McNally.

Working together for the common good
“By utilising innovative techniques borne out of shared ideas and experiences from Canon Medical’s wider network of experts, we can now profile and monitor our players in ways we have never done before. This not only enhances athlete health and safety but also provides invaluable information to guide the athletic development process. As part of the partnership, we have also shared data that will assist in improving health services for the general public.” Dr Steve McNally.

The partnership

McNally values the relationship with Canon Medical Systems as a platform for continuing advances in medical care. He characterizes Canon Medical Systems as a partner “that is innovative, that challenges itself, that wants to learn and exchange information.” “The partnership,” McNally explains, “has produced a unique environment where we can apply our thoughts creatively, see the results quickly, and put them to good use for the team and for the wider healthcare community.”

The Canon Medical Systems-Manchester United partnership aims to take sports medicine to the next level. The partnership will translate the sports medicine innovations and findings into benefits for wider patient populations in the development of new techniques and new treatment pathways.


We are delighted to extend what has been an excellent partnership with Canon Medical Systems over the past six years. At Manchester United, just like at Canon Medical Systems, we pride ourselves on innovation. Our world-class medical team at Manchester United, partnered with the world-class team at Canon has helped us provide our players with the best possible medical care. The feedback from the medical team has been excellent and it is clear that the partnership is making a real difference to player health and career longevity. Richard Arnold, Group Managing Director, Manchester United FC