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          MELVILLE, 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.
          Richard 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."
          Dr. 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 was."
          "From 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."
          "We 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."
          Raymond 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 filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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