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Symptom–Specific Positional MRI Scanning

Only the FONAR UPRIGHT® Multi-Position™ MRI can scan patients in the positions in which they experience problems – sitting, standing, bending, leaning, as well as lying down.

All other MRIs can only scan patients lying down. The UPRIGHT® MRI enables the patient to place himself in the position that generates the pain so that images can be acquired in that very position. Correctly identifying the pain–generating pathology can markedly improve patient surgical outcomes. In addition, it enables the surgeon to see all the pathology he has to address, not just the single-position, non-weight-bearing image provided by the conventional MRI. This enables the surgeon to see the full extent to which the disk herniation increases when the patient flexes or extends, or the extent to which the patient's vertebra is sliding back and forth with body position. More »

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Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation MEDAL of HONARChiari & Syringomyelia Foundation MEDAL of HONAR.
Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation Director Dr. Fraser C. Henderson M.D. announced "Dr. Damadian revolutionized medicine with the discovery and development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)"

Nobel Prize versus the truth of history


"Nobel Prize Versus the TRUTH of History "More »

Nobel Prize for MRI Imaging Denied to Raymond V. Damadian

National Inventors Hall of Fame

Raymond Damadian's "Apparatus and method for detecting cancer in tissue". US patent 3789832 filed 17 March 1972, issued 5 February 1974.More »

Dr. Damadian at Scope

Invention of the MRI: Timeline with Documents

Inventor of the Year 2007 for the UPRIGHT® MRI


Inventor of the Year 2007 for the UPRIGHT® MRI Download PDF

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For Customers

The FONAR UPRIGHT® Multi-Position™ MRI is not just for claustrophobic patients.

Unfortunately, the overwhelmingly positive responses from patients to the extraordinary patient-friendly environment of the scanner, especially claustrophobic and very large patients, can overshadow the scanner´s most important feature – Multi-Position MRI imaging.

Multi-Position MRI imaging

The UPRIGHT® MRI is the only MRI scanner than can scan patients in any position, including sitting, standing, bending (for flexion and extension) or lying down.

This unmatched feature is made possible by the scanner´s unique magnet configuration. With the opposing magnetic poles oriented vertically, the generous space between them accommodates a special motorized patient bed that can rotate the patient from recumbent to upright. More »

For Patients

Please visit, Health Management Company of America, for Patient Information and Upright MRI locations.

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FONAR is currently conducting research studies in a number of areas including Cerebrospinal Fluid Flow (CSF) Studies, Correlated Slice Protocol (CSP) and Scoliosis screening to name a few.More »

UPRIGHT CSF Videography and QUANTITAVE UPRIGHT CSF Videographics

The Discovery of the Abnormal CSF Hydrodynamics of Multiple Sclerosis Patients by the FONAR UPRIGHT® Multi-Position MRI
(Physiol. Chem. Phys. & Med. NMR (20 September 2011) 41: 1-17) Download PDF

Nobel Prize for MRI Imaging Denied to Raymond V. Damadian a Decade Ago Download PDF

Chem. Educator 2014, 19, 73-90
George Kauffman
Department of Chemistry,
California State University Fresno, Fresno, CA

MRI Videos of the Obstructions of CSF Flow Visualized by the FONAR UPRIGHT® MR Imaging of MS Patients

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