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Fonar Stand up MRI

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.

Fonar Stand up MRI

The UPRIGHT® MRI has a unique magnet design, which allows it to employ this principle in two ways. The patient is positioned between two vertical poles so that the magnetic field transverses the body in the left-right direction (green arrows) This unique design allows both flat planar and solenoid (“wrap- around”) coils to be used separately or in combination.

The magnetic field strength of the FONAR UPRIGHT® Multi-Position™ MRI is 0.6 Tesla. At 0.6 Tesla, it is categorized as a “Mid-Field” MRI. Most “Open” MRIs (all of them recumbent-only scanners) operate at 0.3 Tesla.

Many equate magnetic field strength to image quality – the higher the field, the better the image. All other things being equal, that is a fair statement. In fact, however, all other things are not equal, meaning that in comparing one MRI to another, field strength is only half of the story.
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Fonar Stand Up MRI gives you the following benefits:


Symptom–Specific Positional Scanning Only the FONAR UPRIGHT® Multi-Position™ MRI can scan patients in the positions in which they experience problems —sitting, standing, bending, leaning, as well as lying down. All other MRIs can only scan patients lying down. The UPRIGHT® MRI enables the patient to place himself in the position that generates the pain so that images can be acquired in that very position.

Scanning With the Weight of The Body on the Spine and Other Joints The UPRIGHT® MRI allows all parts of the body to be imaged with the normal weight of the body on the spine and other joints—an advantage that can lead to a more accurate diagnosis. Imaging the spine when it is fully loaded with the weight of the body, as compared to unloaded in a conventional lie–down MRI, is critical to an accurate diagnosis. As you can see from case studies, the source of back problems can be “missed” when the spine is not bearing the weight of the body and not imaged in the positions the spine normally occupies.

Cerebrospinal Fluid Flow (CSF) Studie The UPRIGHT® MRI is able to visualize and identify the dynamic obstructions of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow. Such obstructions may be playing a role in the genesis of multiple sclerosis. Visualization of a causative CSF flow obstruction and a careful image analysis of it could lead to treatments or surgical remedies that might be helpful to overcome this pathology.

Correlated Slice Protocol (CSP) CSP (correlated slice protocol) technology enables the reading radiologist to view a side-by-side comparison of each slice of the scan in all of the positions the slice occupies (including recumbent). CSP technology enables the radiologist to report to the surgeon precisely which image slices were the most problematic for the patient throughout the patient's full range of motion. The surgeon can view them and choose the best surgical procedure for fully restoring a pain-free normal range of motion to the patient’s spine.

The Fonar Stand Up MRI provides you with with the following Specification:


Field Strength 0.6 Tesla

Magnet Type Iron-frame Electromagnet

Cooling System Type Water (closed-loop); No Cryogens

Field Orientation Horizontal, transverse to the patient

Configuration Front-Open and Top-Open

Patient Gap Dimensions 18 inches (46cm) pole-to-pole

Patient Comfort Upright/Sitting patient faces out and can watch a large flat-screen TV with an unobstructed view

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