University of Aberdeen Research
Team Using FONAR Upright Multi-Position MRI
on Sitting and Back Pain; Press Conference Held at RSNA Leads
to Coverage by World Media
Title of the RSNA press release is "Aching Back? Sitting
Up Straight Could Be the Culprit"
November 28, 2006 - FONAR Corporation (NASDAQ-FONR),
The Inventor of MR Scanning™, reported today a news conference
held on November 27 at the annual meeting of the Radiological
Society of North America (RSNA). The press conference scheduled
by RSNA featured research conducted at The Positonal MRI Research
Centre, University of Aberdeen, Woodend Hospital, Aberdeen,
Scotland. Waseem Amir Bashir, M.B.Ch.B., F.R.C.R., author and
clinical fellow in the Department of Radiology and Diagnostic
Imaging at the University of Alberta Hospital, Canada and Professor
Francis W. Smith, M.D., of the University of Aberdeen and a
pioneer in the original development of MRI technology presented.
They were invited to present their findings to the National
Press Corps regarding their findings about the proper sitting
position to avoid back pain and the proper seating structures
to avoid the "straight back" that causes back pain
and the correct seating to optimize the lordotic curve of the
spine that greatly reduces the back pain syndrome. The findings
represent the outcome of research conducted on the FONAR Upright™ Multi-Position™ MRI, where FONAR's Positional MRI scanner was utilized to determine
the best seating position to inhibit
the onset of the "back-pain syndrome."
The Aberdeen group
described seating structures that optimize the best seating positions according
to their Upright™ MRI findings. It was clear to the audience at the press
conference that their unique findings would be of special interest to the automotive
industry. The findings of Doctor Bashir and Professor Smith at the University
of Aberdeen contain the means by which the auto industries could develop customized
seating that would allow drivers to reduce their chance of developing the back
pathology acquired by extended periods of driving.
Attending the conference
were CBS, ABC, NBC, CTV (Canada TV), The Chicago Tribune, The Globe and Mail
(Canada) Radio Detroit and UPI.
The research made
front page news today in the Chicago Tribune.
Doctor Bashir and
Professor Smith were interviewed about this study on the CTV (Canada TV) Morning
Show this morning.
The study was news
this morning on CBS Channel 2 Morning News in Chicago and NBC Today Show Morning
News in Chicago.
The event was covered
this morning on www.auntminnie.com.
The Times of London
published an article today on www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2475021.html
The important points made by the RSNA press release:
Achieving a body position
that achieves a 135-degree angle between the thigh and the
Positional MRI allows patients free-range-of-motion
imaging that can determine optimum seating to minimize back
pathology, which conventional, static, non-weight bearing,
recumbent-only MRI cannot, and
Back pain is the leading cause of disability
in the United States and a major cause of missed work days
To see the RSNA press release
To see the research study abstract visit: http://rsna2006.rsna.org/rsna2006/V2006/conference/event_display.cfm?e
m_id=4435870 (Due to its length, this URL may need to be copied/pasted
into your Internet browser's address field. Remove the extra
space if one exists.)
Raymond Damadian, president and founder of FONAR said, "We
congratulate Dr. Bashir, Professor Smith and their colleagues
at the University of Aberdeen who have furthered the understanding
of causes of spine pain, a very significant medical problem.
Of course we are delighted in our knowledge that such a study
could only be done by means of FONAR's dynamic, truly physiological
MRI product, the FONAR Upright(TM) Multi-Position(TM) MRI.
FONAR® was incorporated in 1978, making it the first, oldest and most experienced
MRI manufacturer in the industry. FONAR introduced the world's first commercial
MRI in 1980, and went public in 1981. Since its inception, FONAR has installed
hundreds of MRI scanners worldwide. Their stellar product line includes the FONAR
Upright™ Multi-Position™ MRI (also known as the Upright™ MRI
and the Stand-Up™ MRI), the only whole-body MRI that performs Multi-Position™ Imaging
(mpMRI™) and scans patients in numerous weight-bearing positions, i.e.
standing, sitting, in flexion and extension, as well as the conventional lie-down
position. The FONAR Upright™ Multi-Position™ MRI often sees the patient's
problem that other scanners cannot because they are single position, lie-down
only. With nearly one half million patients scanned, the patient-friendly FONAR
Upright™ Multi-Position™ MRI has a near zero claustrophobic rejection
rate by patients. A radiologist said, “FONAR Upright™ MRI – No
More Claustrophobia – The Tunnel Is Gone.” As another FONAR customer
states, "If the patient is claustrophobic in this scanner, they'll be claustrophobic
in my parking lot." Approximately 85% of patients are scanned sitting while
they watch a 42" flat screen TV. FONAR’s latest MRI scanner is the
FONAR 360, a room-size recumbent scanner that optimizes openness while facilitating
physician access to the patient. FONAR is headquartered on Long Island, New York,
and has approximately 400 employees.
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