FONAR'S 25TH STAND-UP MRI INSTALLED
IN DALLAS/FT. WORTH
AREA WITH REMARKABLE EARLY RESULTS
NEW YORK, January 8, 2004 - FONAR Corporation (NASDAQ-FONR),
The MRI Specialist™, announced the installation of a FONAR
Stand-Up™ MRI at Up and Open Imaging, 1360 West Campbell
Road, Suite 122, Richardson, Texas 75080 (Telephone: 972/479-9500).
"The center opened in early December and has been doing
a brisk business," says Ms. Melissa Marks, Director of
Operations for the new scanning center.
Marks, M.D., a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and President
of Up and Open Imaging said, "Our scan volume has increased
quickly because the Stand-Up™ MRI offers patients and
physicians advantages that no other MRI can."
Marks explained. "From the patient's point of view, there
is no MRI that can compare to the FONAR Stand-Up™ MRI.
One of our referring physicians, a gynecologist, sent a patient
who had been having regular yearly MRI scans to monitor the
potential reoccurrence of uterine cancer. Over the years she
had become less and less tolerant of the claustrophobia-inducing
lie-down MRIs. When scanned in the Stand-Up™ MRI, she
was delighted because she had no claustrophobic reaction whatsoever.
The patient remarked that the Stand-Up™ MRI is a Godsend
for people who need repeat scans, and that she intended to notify
her cancer society about how pleasant and relaxing her experience
the physician's point of view," continued Dr. Marks, "with
the Stand-Up™ MRI's ability to scan patients in any position,
in other words to do Position Imaging™ MRI (pMRI™),
it can detect pathology that is not detectable on any other
MRI. We had a patient who was experiencing pain in her tailbone.
Although she had been scanned repeatedly in a traditional recumbent
MRI, none of the scan results could explain why she was in pain
- that is, until she had a MRI in the seated position in the
FONAR Stand-Up™ MRI. The images, which incidentally were
excellent in terms of image quality, showed a dislocation of
the distal coccyx. This problem could only be identified because
the patient was scanned upright."
had another patient," continued Dr. Marks, "that had
been scanned on a recumbent-only MRI that showed a mild anterolisthesis
of L4/L5, with no nerve impingement. But when scanned here at
our facility with the patient flexing forward at the waist,
the images showed borderline grade 3, moderate to severe slippage
of L4 on L5 with severe pinching of nerves at L4/L5."
Damadian, president and founder of FONAR said, "We are
delighted that Dr. Marks is having such early success with the
FONAR Stand-Up™ MRI. We are, however, not surprised, as
all of the Stand Up™ MRI centers around the country and
in Europe are having similar successes."
MRI Specialist, Stand-Up, Upright, Position
Imaging and PMRI are trademarks of FONAR Corporation.
This release may include
forward-looking statements from the company that may or may not
materialize. Additional information on factors that could potentially
affect the company's financial results may be found in the company's
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