Canadian Back Pain Clinic Purchases FONAR UPRIGHT® MRI
and is the First to Bring the Benefits of UPRIGHT® Imaging
Technology to the Canadian People
NEW YORK, December 20, 2007 - FONAR Corporation (NASDAQ-FONR),
The Inventor of MR Scanning announced today the sale of its
first UPRIGHT® Multi-Position™ MRI in Canada. The
Welcome Back Clinic plans to install the FONAR UPRIGHT® Multi-Position™ MRI
in the province of British Columbia, Canada, in 2008.
Welcome Back Clinic will provide expedited and comprehensive
assessment of patients suffering from spine pain. Successful
treatment of back pain depends on an accurate diagnosis. The
FONAR UPRIGHT® Multi-Position™ MRI will allow patients
to be imaged in the position in which they have pain. A comprehensive
study of 1,302 back pain patients, conducted at UCLA and reported
at the NASS 2007 annual meeting, reported that static-only MRI
can “miss” a spondylolisthesis at L4-5 in 35 % of
cases which were identified with the FONAR UPRIGHT® Multi-Position™ MRI.
Having the correct diagnosis prior to surgery will lead to better
outcomes and fewer failed back surgeries.
at the Welcome Back Clinic believe that the FONAR Multi-Position™ MRI
will provide superior diagnostic assessment of patients suffering
from back or neck pain than is currently available because of
the limitations of conventional recumbent-only MRI technology.
Imaging patients in a weight-bearing upright position will demonstrate
instability that would not be visible or would be underestimated
in a conventional MRI. Having the proper diagnosis will improve
surgical planning and lead to better surgical success and patient
award winning technology (Frost & Sullivan's North American
Medical Imaging Industry Innovation & Advancement of the
Year Award) provided by the FONAR UPRIGHT® Multi-Position™ MRI
offers the opportunity to expand our understanding of the causes
of back pain and other pathologic conditions. Physicians and
surgeons who treat patients with disabling back pain will have
a new tool that should improve their understanding of spine
biomechanics and conditions that lead to pain and disability.
This will be an invaluable research tool that will lead to new
and improved surgical procedures aimed at alleviating pain and
improving function in patients suffering from back pain. Bringing
the FONAR UPRIGHT® MRI to Canada will be a significant benefit
to the people of Canada who have not had the opportunity to
benefit from this new and exciting technology. The Welcome Back
Clinic will be the first medical clinic in Canada to benefit
from the diagnostic advantages offered by dynamic multi-position
The Inventor of MR Scanning™,
Full Range of Motion™, pMRI™, Dynamic™, Multi-Position™,
True Flow™ and The Proof is in the Picture™ are trademarks
and UPRIGHT® and STAND-UP® are registered 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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