FONAR Founder Raymond V. Damadian, M.D., Receives Medal of Honor for the Discovery and Invention of MRI, From the Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation

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MELVILLE, N.Y., Dec. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FONAR Corporation (NASDAQ-FONR), , reported that its founder, chairman of the board and past president, Raymond V. Damadian, M.D. received the Excellence in Medicine award from the Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation (CSF), on November 10, 2018, at Brooks’s, London, England.

Dr. Damadian was introduced by Fraser C. Henderson, Sr., M.D., a neurosurgeon and a member of the steering committee for the Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation and Professor Donlin Long, M.D., former Chairman of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Henderson, said: “Dr. Damadian revolutionized medicine with the discovery and development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and we were honored to select Dr. Damadian for this award.  Besides the discovery of the basis of MRI (1970) and the building of the world’s first MRI scanner (1977), Dr. Damadian has continued important research using the FONAR UPRIGHT® Multi-Position™ MRI to image and measure cerebrospinal fluid flow.  This research may have profound implications for Chiari malformation, syringomyelia and some of the neurodegenerative disorders.”

Professor Long remarked that “ As the discovery of penicillin was the most important discovery in medicine in the first half of the twentieth century, Dr. Damadian’s discovery of the MRI was the most important in the second half of the 20th century, and the single most important in the history of all of medicine. ”

CSF (Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in October 2007, with the goal of finding a cure, raising awareness and educating scientists, physicians, and lay persons about Chiari malformation (CM), syringomyelia (SM) and related disorders.  The office is located in Staten Island, New York. For more information: 

FONAR, the is the first, oldest and most experienced MRI company in the industry.  Incorporated in 1978, FONAR, which is located in Melville, New York, introduced the world’s first commercial MRI in 1980, and went public in 1981. The company’s signature product is the FONAR UPRIGHT® Multi-Position™ MRI (also known as the Stand-Up® MRI), the only whole-body MRI that performs Position™ Imaging (pMRI™), allowing it to scan patients in numerous weight-bearing positions, i.e. standing, sitting, in flexion and extension, as well as in the conventional lie-down position.

The FONAR often detects patient problems that other MRI scanners cannot because they are lie-down, ”weightless-only” scanners. The patient-friendly UPRIGHT® MRI has a near-zero patient claustrophobic rejection rate. As a 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 watching TV.

FONAR has new works-in-progress , which circulates throughout the brain and vertebral column at the rate of 32 quarts per day.  This imaging and quantifying of the dynamics of this vital life-sustaining physiology of the body’s neurologic system has been made possible first by FONAR’s introduction of the MRI and now by this latest works-in-progress method for quantifying CSF in all the normal positions of the body, particularly in its upright flow against gravity.  Patients with whiplash or other neck injuries are among those who will benefit from this new understanding.

FONAR’s substantial list of patents includes recent patents for its technology enabling full weight-bearing MRI imaging of all the gravity sensitive regions of the human anatomy, especially the brain, extremities and spine. It includes its newest technology for measuring the Upright cerebral hydraulics of the central nervous system.  FONAR’s UPRIGHT® Multi-Position™ MRI is the only scanner licensed under these patents.

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Globe Newswire: 13:40 GMT Thursday 6th December 2018

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