FONAR has reported that Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI) has purchased a third FONAR Upright Multi-Position MRI. It is scheduled to be installed in CDI’s OpenScan MRI center in Duluth, Minnesota, replacing the current low-field open-sided MRI scanner.

The company claims that there are many other reasons to select the Upright MRI. The scanner is comfortable, accommodates patients up to 500 lbs. and those who suffer from claustrophobia. There are also patients who can’t lie down for any procedure and must be scanned upright.

The FONAR Upright MRI scans the patient weight-bearing in multiple positions. Dynamic imaging views by this technology can be obtained by scanning the spine in various positions of flexion, extension or lateral bending.

Rick Long, regional vice president, Minnesota, said: “This is the first and only Fonar Upright Multi-Position MRI scanner in Northern Minnesota. With our high-field, recumbent MRI scanner already in the market, the replacement of our existing lower field strength open-sided MRI scanner with an Open Upright MRI was critical to providing residents access to diagnostic services that could impact their quality of care. Now patients and their doctors get the dual benefit of the open comfort and higher quality images to guide diagnosis in one scanner.”

Raymond Damadian, president and founder of FONAR said, “I am very pleased to have a customer with the fine reputation of CDI purchasing additional Upright Multi-Position MRI scanners as a result of their hands-on expertise from prior purchases of Fonar Upright Multi-Position MRI installations. About half of the Upright MRI scanners sold are to multiple Upright MRI users. So, like CDI, customers keep returning for additional scanners. This says volumes about FONAR’s products.”