St Maartenskliniek pushing boundaries of orthopaedics diagnosis with
Fonar upright MRI scanner
26 Sept 2006
Melville, New York, USA & Nijmegen, Netherlands. FONAR
Corporation (NASDAQ-FONR), has announced that the St. Maartenskliniek, the
Netherlands' largest orthopaedic hospital, has placed an order for the FONAR
Upright Multi-Position MRI. The system was sold through TECSERENA, FONAR's
European Sales organization based in Cologne, Germany.
St. Maartenskliniek, in Nijmegen, Netherlands has over 300 beds and treats
25,000 patients a year. It also has an extensive outpatient clinic dedicated
to treatment and scientific research.
Dr. Paul Pavlov, Director of the St.
Maartenskliniek and Chairman of Spine Surgery at the St. Maartenskliniek's
internationally acclaimed Spine Centre said, "We at the St. Maartenskliniek,
the biggest orthopaedic hospital in the Netherlands, are very much looking
forward to this new technology from FONAR which will enable us to evaluate
the spine anatomy in the fully weight-bearing state and in multiple
positions. We expect these new multi-position capabilities to lead to more
accurate diagnoses and better surgery outcomes for patients. Once our active
research program has discovered the benefits of this new FONAR technology
for patients, we intend to publish the results in a lot of peer reviewed
"The orthopaedic applications of upright
weight-bearing MRI are vast. The importance of weight-bearing and
multi-position MRI analysis of patients with spine disorders is extensive,"
said Dr. Raymond Damadian, president of FONAR.
"The St. Maartenskliniek
'Spine Centre' for spinal surgery is world renowned as a Centre of
Excellence for reconstructive spinal surgery. The St. Maartenskliniek will
be introducing FONAR's new weight-bearing technology for the benefit of
their spine patients, but their intended uses of FONAR's new technology are
not limited to the spine. The St. Maartenskliniek's planned uses of FONAR's
new technology extend well beyond the spine to all orthopaedic applications
where weight-bearing and multi-position are key factors, e.g. knee surgery,
hip replacement, reconstructive foot surgery, artificial joints, acute
"We are particularly looking forward to
collaborating with the St. Maartenskliniek's world-renowned scientific
research teams in pioneering the multiple applications of FONAR's new
technology in the numerous disciplines of orthopaedics where we believe
FONAR's newly available weight-bearing MRI technology has a key role to play
in the achieving more accurate diagnoses and improved surgical results,"
said Dr. Damadian. "We are delighted to be partnering with the St.
Maartenskliniek as they blaze the multi-position weight-bearing imaging
trail on the orthopaedics frontier."
"The FONAR Upright MRI is the ideal scanner for the hospital emergency
room where acute injuries and acute illnesses must be diagnosed quickly. The
St. Maartenskliniek has earned distinction for their Urgent Orthopaedic
Assistance Service where acute musculoskeletal injuries are diagnosed and
treated. The development of customized imaging protocols for the rapid
diagnosis of the acute patient (orthopaedic as well as non-orthopaedic) that
can provide rapid MRI diagnosis and rapid MRI assessment of the adequacy of
treatment in the hospital emergency room, promises to provide a major
advance in acute medicine that can be life-saving, and minimize the
complications that turn into permanent disabilities.
"Rapid emergency room MRI imaging can be expected to advance the art of
acute medicine on both of these fronts from the availability of more rapid
and more accurate diagnoses and from the more precise (image verified)
treatments that result. We expect to be working with the St. Maartenskliniek
in the development of new urgent orthopaedic MRI imaging techniques for use
in the St. Maartenskliniek's Urgent Orthopedic Assistance Service that can
bring the benefits of this new technology to the acutely injured patient,"
said Dr. Damadian.
"Finally, the St. Maartenskliniek is distinguished for
its artificial joints program," said Dr. Damadian. "Here again we expect to
work with the St. Maartenskliniek to make weight-bearing multi-position MRI
image analysis an integral part of reconstructive artificial joint surgery
as well as an integral part of the post-surgical analysis of artificial
joint performance. The FONAR Upright Multi-Position MRI is also uniquely
suited for the multi-position analysis of the non-weight-bearing joints
(e.g. shoulder, wrist, elbow) since these joints are difficult to
multi-position in the confined spaces of the cylindrical tubes of