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The Upright® MRI and Open Sky® MRI

The Upright® MRI and Open Sky® MRI

The FONAR Upright® Multi-Position™ Open Sky® 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.

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.

Advantages of The FONAR Upright® Multi-Position™ MRI

Symptom–Specific Positional Scanning–Only With The Fonar UPRIGHT® Multi-Position MRI

Advanced design allows the FONAR UPRIGHT® MRI to scan your patients in the positions they experience their problems–sitting, standing, bending, leaning, as well as lying down. All other MRIs can only scan them while they´re lying down.

Scanning With The Weight Of The Body On The Spine And Other Joints

The UPRIGHT® allows all parts of the body to be imaged with the normal weight of your body on the spine and other joints–an advantage that leads to a more accurate diagnosis. Imaging your spine when it is fully loaded with the weight of your body, as compared to unloaded in a conventional lie–down MRI, is critical to an accurate diagnosis. As you can see by the following images, many back problems are “missed” when the spine is not bearing the weight of the body and not imaged in the positions the spine normally occupies.

Unrivaled Comfort; Your Patients Watch TV During Their Scan

Patient watching TV in the FONAR Upright MRI

The patient simply walks in, sits down, and watches TV during the scan. They are not slid into the usual tube. This open comfort is especially good for people who are claustrophobic.




World´s First Radiation-Free Diagnosis and Evaluation of Scoliosis

Scoliosis screening on the FONAR Upright MRI


The National Cancer Institute reports a 70% higher incidence of breast cancer among women who had scoliosis as children and were scanned multiple times a year to evaluate the condition. The Fonar UPRIGHT® MRI offers the first radiation-free monitoring and the end of later-life breast cancer due to overexposure to spine x–rays.




Scan Chilren and Over-weight PatientsScans Children, Who Sit In Their Mother´s Lap; Usually Requires No Anesthesia And Avoids Exposure Of Children To X–rays

Scans Overweight Patients




Unique Patient-Handling System

The FONAR UPRIGHT® MRI is equipped with our unique MRI–compatible motorized patient handling system that can move the patient into the magnet and place the anatomy of interest into the center of the magnet gap. It also can rotate the vertically–oriented patient into a horizontal position so the patient can be scanned lying down, as in a conventional MRI.

More FONAR UPRIGHT® Multi–Position MRI Benefits