MAJOR ADVANCE FOR CANCER DETECTION
FONAR TO INTRODUCE IMAGES FROM THE ONLY DUAL-PURPOSE DIAGNOSTIC/SURGICAL
OPEN MRI SCANNER
NEW YORK, November 22, 1999 -- FONAR Corporation (NASDAQ-FONR),
The Open MRI Company, announced plans to show the only
dual-purpose MRI scanner that posesses the large field-of-view
needed for diagnosis and the small field-of-view needed for
surgery. The diagnostic version of the scanner, The Open Sky
MRI, is a room-sized magnet that enables family members
to accompany a patient during the scan. The surgical version
of the scanner, The OR-360º , is an MRI operating room,
in which surgeons may walk inside the magnet.
produced from The Open Sky MRI and The OR-360º will
be shown for the first time at the Radiological Society of North
America (RSNA) from these works-in-progress scanners. The RSNA
is the world's largest medical trade show, starting on November
28 in Chicago.
designed The Open Sky MRI to be the most-patient friendly
scanner in the world," said Raymond Damadian, president and
founder of FONAR Corporation. "Colorful backdrops, including
Disney(tm) characters, beach and mountain scenes, will be especially
attractive to children and their parents, eliminating any claustrophobic
will appreciate the capabilities of The OR-360º ," Dr.
Damadian continued. "By enabling surgeons to walk inside the
magnet for procedures, this scanner will aid them in performing
surgery with the highest precision possible."
Ginzburg, vice president of sales for FONAR, remarked, "There
is no other dual-purpose MRI scanner available with these capabilities,
which translates into a wide-open market for this remarkable
1980, FONAR introduced the world's first commercial MRI whole-body
scanner. The widespread application of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
(MRI) in medicine and biology today is the direct result of
the landmark discoveries and early pioneering work of Dr. Damadian.
His seminal discoveries of the variations in soft body tissue
relaxation times, as well as the cancer detecting NMR signal,
are the means used by all MRI scanners to detect cancer and
distinguish healthy versus diseased tissues. A 1997 U.S. Supreme
Court ruling affirmed that Dr. Damadian's patented discoveries
are fundamental to every MRI unit in the marketplace today