MELVILLE, NY--(Marketwire - July 12, 2007) - FONAR Corporation (NASDAQ: FONR), The Inventor of MR Scanning™, reported today that physicians who use the FONAR UPRIGHT™ MRI are testifying to the unique benefits of the technology in patient care. They're appearing in 2-page color advertisements in the peer-reviewed journal 'Radiology,' published by the Radiologic Society of North America.

The physicians are introduced with the headline, "Why So Many Surgeons Are Buying the FONAR UPRIGHT™ MRI." Then they speak for themselves.

The testimonials of the prominent surgeons and leading radiologists are also appearing in advertisements in numerous other major medical magazines, including The Journal of the American Medical Association, Spine, Radiology, Diagnostic Imaging, The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedics and the Journal of Neurology.

Their expert testimonies on the medical benefits brought to their patients of FONAR's UPRIGHT™ technology has resulted in the recent stream of 7 new orders for FONAR's UPRIGHT™ MRI scanners, as FONAR announced on Tuesday, July 10.

All the surgeons featured are owners of the FONAR UPRIGHT™ Multi-Position™ MRI, so they have hands-on experience with its unique ability to image pathology in the position of the patient's symptoms. Their consensus is that the UPRIGHT™ changes their surgical protocols and improves surgical outcomes in over 20% of their cases.

"The most identifiable causes of failed back surgery include... failure to identify the structural source(s) of pain correctly." (The Failed Spine, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005, p. 124.)

The FONAR UPRIGHT™ Multi-Position™ MRI provides the necessary technology to image the patient's spine pathology in a full range of motion. As a result, it gives surgeons the right tool to overcome the present diagnostic limitations.

To see the testimonials of the these outstanding physicians as printed in the Journal Radiology and other major medical journals, click on this link:


FONAR has the most accomplished history of any company in MRI. The company's heritage helps to document the quality of its products and distinguishes it from all other MRI companies. A timeline of its achievements follows. It includes the groundbreaking discovery of the principle that makes MRI imaging possible, the patent for the first MRI, and the sale of the world's first MRI.


Original Idea for MR Scanner

(Grant Application to Health Research Council of the City of New York)


Realizes Need for a Compelling Application to Justify Building Human Scanner. Decides on Cancer Detection


Key Discovery Makes the MRI Possible

Discovery of the marked T1 and T2 signal differences among the normal tissues and also between the normal tissue and cancer tissue. Discovery enables soft-tissue detail previously absent from medical imaging, and early cancer detection; used today to detect cancers worldwide. "NMR developed into a laboratory spectroscopic technique capable of examining the molecular structure of compounds, until Damadian's ground-breaking discovery in 1971." MRI From Picture to Proton, Cambridge University Press, 2003)

March 1971

First Article Published (Science)

Spring 1971

First Ever Method Proposed (Downstate Reporter)

March 1972

First MR Patent Filed (3D Serial Voxel Scanning Method). Patent Issued 1974.


The Struggle Begins. Expert Declares, "Any further discussion of scanning the human body by MR (NMR) is visionary nonsense."


Construction of First Human MR Scanner Commences


Construction Completed; First Human Scan Achieved: Thoracic Image at T-8


FONAR Installs First Commercial MRI; Initiates MRI Industry


Patent Upheld by High Court on U.S. Patents and the U.S. Supreme Court. (1.1 Million Pages of Documentary Evidence Scrutinized and Argued; No Prior Art)


Introduction of the FONAR UPRIGHT™ Multi-Position™ MRI.


National Inventor of the Year Award for the FONAR UPRIGHT™ Multi-Position™ MRI.

More about the FONAR UPRIGHT™ Multi-Position™ MRI.

The FONAR UPRIGHT™ Multi-Position™ MRI is a dramatic advance over all other MRIs, which can only scan the patient in a recumbent-only, non-weight-bearing position. The UPRIGHT™ allows the patient to be imaged upright, with the weight of the body on the spine.

Most patients are scanned sitting, while they enjoy watching TV. Patients can also be scanned in flexion, extension, rotation, as well as lying down. This positional imaging allows surgeons and radiologists to see patients in the position of their symptoms. Studies and physician experience show that diagnosis using the FONAR UPRIGHT™ changes surgical protocols and provides better surgical outcomes in approximately 20% of the cases.

The FONAR UPRIGHT™ Multi-Position™ MRI is also unrivaled in patient comfort. It has a near zero claustrophobic rejection rate by patients. It can scan obese patients who cannot fit into a recumbent MRI, and it allows imaging of children while they sit in their mother's lap.

Over a half million patients have been scanned by the FONAR UPRIGHT™ MRI.

To date, 152 UPRIGHT™ MRIs have been sold. The superiority of the technology is achieving wider recognition every day.


FONAR has invented another breakthrough MRI, the FONAR 360™. It's a room-size recumbent scanner that optimizes openness while facilitating physician access to the patient during surgery.


FONAR is headquartered on Long Island, New York, and has approximately 400 employees.

The Inventor of MR Scanning™, Full Range of Motion™, STAND-UP™, UPRIGHT™, pMRI™, Multi-Position™, True Flow™, and The Proof is in the Picture™ are trademarks of FONAR Corporation.

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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 filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact Information: Contact: Daniel Culver FONAR Corporation Tel: 631-694-2929 Fax: 631-390-1709