FONAR POSITION REGARDING NOBEL
MELVILLE, NEW YORK, October 16, 2003 - FONAR Corporation (NASDAQ-FONR),
The MRI Specialist, issues the following statement regarding
the October 6, 2003 announcement of the 2003 Nobel Prize for
Physiology or Medicine. This prize was awarded to Paul C. Lauterbur
and Peter Mansfield "for their discoveries concerning Magnetic
Resonance Imaging" (MRI). The Nobel Assembly excluded Raymond
V. Damadian, M.D., president and founder of FONAR, despite his
widely acknowledged seminal discovery in 1970 that originated
MRI. Dr. Damadian published his 1970 discovery originating MRI
in the scientific journal SCIENCE (March 1971).
the fundamental signal from which all MRI images are made, the
dramatic signal differences between cancer and normal tissues
and also the dramatic signal differences between the normal
tissues themselves. All MRI pictures are constructed from these
signals. In the absence of the signal differences he discovered
all MRI images would be a blank. The white spots on MRI images
signifying cancer would not be there but for his discovery.
The exceptional detail on MRI images would not be there but
for his discovery of the dramatic signal differences in the
normal tissues themselves that supply the contrast in today's
images, the critical soft tissue contrast lacking in prior imaging
technologies like x-ray. Go to www.FONAR.com
Since its inception
in 1978, FONAR has been known for having as its leader the person
who provided the vision and ground-breaking discovery necessary
for the genesis of MRI. Given the power and the prestige of
the Nobel Prize, the Company protests the outrageous exclusion
of Dr. Damadian.
As part of
a new campaign, `The Friends of Raymond Damadian Committee'
has been formed to pay ALL advertising costs related to the
Nobel Prize controversy.
advertisement was run in the Washington Post on October 9, 2003
and the New York Times and Los Angeles Times on October 10,
2003. The ad was titled "The Shameful Wrong That Must Be
Righted" and was directed to the Nobel Committee to correct
the error. Readers are asked to write the Nobel Committee and
voice their opinion: The Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine,
Nobel Forum, Box 270 SE-171, Stockholm, Sweden.
has been overwhelming by people who recognized Dr. Damadian's
position and support him for the Nobel Prize for Physiology
or Medicine. The media also responded with dozens of supporting
articles in newspapers and positive appearances on CNBC and
CNN television news.
who have responded are patent attorneys who say that this decision
to ignore Dr. Damadian is an affront to the United States Patent
System. This is because the United States Court of Appeals enforced
Dr. Damadian's patent, based on his heralded 1970 discovery.
This was later affirmed by the highest court in the land, the
United States Supreme Court. The Nobel Committee also delivered
an affront to our Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. Bush,
both of whom acknowledged Dr. Damadian's contributions to mankind
by awarding him the National Medal of Technology and by his
induction into the U.S. Patent Office National Inventors Hall
believes that this willful attempt to rewrite scientific history
by the Nobel Committee should not be allowed to go unchallenged.
It is also an affront to the elementary principles of justice
which all Americans hold dear. The benefits of this campaign
"To Right The Wrong" are designed to reach millions
of people and set the record straight, a corrected record which
is in FONAR's best interest also. As Edmund Burke once said
"Evil triumphs when good and decent people do nothing."
as always, continues its campaign to promote and install its
star product the Stand-Up MRI and its brilliant newcomer,
the FONAR 360° designed to enable interventional MRI
technology on a broad scale.
MRI, FONAR's Upright imaging system, is the world's only
whole-body MRI scanner with the ability to perform Position
Imaging (pMRI), i.e. patients can be scanned standing,
sitting or bending in the weight bearing position, as well as