Medical Symposium Organized by Fonar to Focus on The Cranio-Cervical Syndrome - The Vulnerability of the Human Neck and Its Impact on Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Flow

MELVILLE, NY--(Marketwire - Apr 1, 2013) -  FONAR Corporation (NASDAQ: FONR), The Inventor of MR Scanning™, announces today an upcoming medical scientific conference of distinguished medical experts on Saturday, April 6 at the Millennium Broadway Hotel, New York City. They will be convening to address the newly identified medical syndrome, The Cranio-Cervical Syndrome (CCS). The conference is expected to become an annual event to address the pandemic needs of the millions of patients (including 1.2 million whiplash injuries annually in the U.S.) who currently have no reprieve from their symptoms for the lack of an adequate diagnosis and effective treatment. The symposium is called The Cranio-Cervical Syndrome: The Vulnerability of the Human Neck and Its Impact on Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Flow.

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The distinguished medical experts convening to address the urgency of this patient need are:

Professor William G. Bradley, MD, Chairman, Department of Radiology, University of California San Diego and author of the leading textbook of MRI "Magnetic Resonance Imaging", Mosby

Professor Francis Smith, MD, Distinguished Professor of Radiology, University of Aberdeen, Scotland and author of "A Case Controlled Study of Cerebellar Tonsil Ectopia (Chiari) and Head/Neck Trauma (Whiplash)" (1200 neck pain patientsBrain Injury 2010: 24 (7-8): 988-994

Garo Yepremian, 2-Time NFL Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins

Raymond V. Damadian, MD, 1989 National Inventors Hall of Fame for the Invention of the MRI

Noam Alperin, PhD., Department of Radiology, University of Miami, Pioneer of Cerebrospinal Fluid Flow Visualization and Physiology

Scott Rosa, DC, BCAO, Trauma Imaging Foundation Pioneer in the AO Treatment of Cranio-Cervical Junction Dislocations and Alar Ligament Ruptures

Joseph C. Maroon, MD, Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh, Team Neurosurgeon Pittsburgh Steelers

The Cranio-Cervical Syndrome (CCS):
The Vulnerability of the Human Neck and
Its Impact on Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Flow
Saturday, April 6, 2013 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
The Millennium Broadway Hotel
145 West 44th Street o New York, NY 10036

The principal purpose of Symposium 2013 "The Cranio-Cervical Syndrome (CCS): The Vulnerability of the Human Neck and Its Impact on Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Flow" is to bring the existence of this CCS syndrome and its pandemic dimension ["1.2 million whiplash injuries per year per 315 million U. S. population" - U.S. Census Bureau Jan. 2013: Pub Med Central (PMC) - National Institutes of Health: (] to the attention of the medical community.

There is also the need to notify the thousands of current and former athletes within the "Contact Sports" community afflicted by this syndrome, that there now exists genuine hope going forward for their symptom-free (or dramatic symptom reduction) future lives.

The Symposium has been convened because of the vast number of these patients being encountered by FONAR's UPRIGHT® Multi-Position™ MRI and its UPRIGHT® CSF flow Video Technology and the unexpected discovery of the lack of the medical community's awareness of the existence of this syndrome and of its pandemic dimensions.

Members of the medical community may sign up on line at Attendance is limited. For more information please call 631-694-2929 extension 265.

Cranio-Cervical Syndrome (CCS) Symptomatology and Its Origin in Prior Trauma to the Neck

Foremost Symptom - "Pressure Headaches"

1 - Severe Headaches - most frequently described by the patient as "severe pressure headaches" or as "migraines"
2 - Headaches described as "sub-occipital neck pain" in the "back of the neck" at the base of the skull. "Neck pain" that is frequently position dependent (e.g. "skull forward", "skull backward", "turning of the head", etc.)
3 - "Neck pain" described as "knife stabbing" or "pins and needle stabbing at the base of the skull"
4 - Headaches occurring randomly throughout the day but frequently generated by a change of head position (e.g. moving of the head from the recumbent to the upright position)
5 - Headaches accompanied by tinnitus and visual disturbances such as "blurred vision", "tunnel vision", "double vision", "kaleidoscopic vision", nystagmus
6 - "Pressure headaches" accompanied by dementia and loss of cognitive skills

Additional Symptoms Encountered:
Accompanying "Pressure Headaches" to Varying Degree:

1 - "drop attacks"
2 - "dizziness"
3 - "loss of balance"
4 - "numbness of legs"
5 - "difficulty walking"
6 - "paroxysmal vertigo"
7 - "sudden dropping of things from hands"
8 - "loss of color vision"
9 - "loss of motor skills in the lower extremities and potential wheel chair confinement"
10 - "numbness and tingling" in the legs and feet
11 - "vertigo on standing and walking"
12 - "numbness and loss of motor control in the upper extremities"

Radiologic Findings - FONAR UPRIGHT® Multi-Position™ MRI

1 - Cervical spine degenerations and malalignments on cervical spine scans
a - retrolisthesis: C1-C7
b - malrotations at the cranio-cervical junction: C1-C2**
c - disc herniations C4-C7
2 - Cerebellar Tonsil Ectopia (CTE) (Chiari)
3 - Total or partial CSF flow obstructions on Video Visualization of UPRIGHT® CSF flow by the FONAR UPRIGHT® Multi-Position™ MRI

**These CCJ axial images are Multi-Slice Axial Scans (16 slices) of the Cranio-Cervical Junction (CCJ) available from the FONAR UPRIGHT® Multi-Position™ MRI. They provide detailed imaging of the critical cranio-cervical junction that enables visualization of the main bodies of C1 and C2 and their alignment, which is key to any assessment of cervical spine function and CSF physiology.

Cinematography of Cervical CSF Flow

1 - Total or partial CSF flow OBSTRUCTION (sagittal and axial) in CCS patients from the Foramen Magnum to C7 on Video Visualization of UPRIGHT® CSF flow
2 - Hydrocephalus and parenchymal CSF leakage
3 - Correlation of CSF flow OBSTRUCTION and its potential etiology of Multiple Sclerosis (Damadian RV, Chu D, "The Possible Role of Cranio-Cervical Trauma and Abnormal CSF Hydrodynamics in the Genesis of Multiple Sclerosis", Physiol. Chem. Phys. & Med. NMR, September 20, 2011, 41:1-17), as well as its potential etiologic role in the genesis of the other neurodegenerative diseases Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS, and Childhood Autism


FONAR (NASDAQ: FONR), Melville, NY, The Inventor of MR Scanning™, is an AMERICAN COMPANY that was incorporated in 1978, and is the first, oldest and most experienced MRI company in the industry. FONAR introduced the world's first commercial MRI in 1980, and went public in 1981. Since its inception, nearly 300 recumbent-OPEN MRIs and over 150 UPRIGHT® Multi-Position™ MRI scanners have been installed worldwide. FONAR's stellar product is the UPRIGHT® MRI (also known as the STAND-UP® MRI), the only whole-body MRI that performs Position™ imaging (pMRI™) and scans patients in numerous weight-bearing positions, i.e. standing, sitting, in flexion and extension, as well as the conventional lie-down position. The FONAR UPRIGHT® MRI often sees the patient's problem that other scanners cannot because they are lie-down only. The patient-friendly UPRIGHT® MRI has a near-zero claustrophobic rejection rate by patients. 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 they watch a 42" flat screen TV. FONAR is headquartered on Long Island, New York.

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Symposium 2013 at The Millennium Broadway Hotel, New York City on April 6, 2013 - The Cranio-Cervical 
Syndrome: The Vulnerability of the Human Neck and Its Impact on Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) Flow.  
Courtesy of FONAR Corporation