Upright Imaging Is A Powerful Diagnostic Tool

Upright Imaging is an important new tool in the diagnoses of problems of the spine and other anatomical structures.

Now, there’s a way you can see the spine in flexion and extension – with the nerves, discs, and other soft tissue in clear view. The revolutionary Fonar Upright® Multi-Position™ MRI. In fact, with the Fonar Upright® Multi-Position™ MRI, you can see the spine fully loaded with the weight of the body – which studies indicate creates up to 11 times more pressure on the discs when compared to laying down. (A. L. Nachemson, 1976; H. J. Wilke et al, 1999).

Most MRI exams are still performed in a recumbent-only MRI. In an important book from The American Medical Association, Guides To The Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (AMA Press, 2006), the authors provide ample indication why you must see the spine in flexion and extension to diagnose pathology.

The book notes: (a) “The dominant motions at both the lower cervical and entire lumbar spine, where most clinical pathology occurs, are flexion-extension” (p. 378) and (b) “… in up to 85% of individuals who report back pain, no pain-producing pathology can be identified” (p. 566)

No wonder the director of the largest orthopedic hospital in the Netherlands and chairman of spine surgery, Dr. Paul Pavlov, stated: “… once Fonar made available upright weight-bearing MRI imaging technology, owning one for the St. Maartenskliniek “Spine Center” was not optional, but mandatory. For our hospital to continue to engage in spine surgery without it, once this new technology became available, was unacceptable.”

Today, radiologists and surgeons are seeing revealing images they’ve never seen before, diagnosing spinal and other problems that have often been invisible on recumbent-only MRI’s, and improving surgical outcomes to a degree never before possible – all thanks to the first MRI that lets you put the body in motion, so scans can be done the way people live and experience problems, instead of just lying flat.

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This new era in diagnosis is possible because of the unique power of the Upright Multi-Position™ MRI. It’s the first MRI that has the power to provide full range-of-motion diagnosis – with the nerves, discs, and other soft tissue in clear view. It achieves truly physiologic MRI, instead of recumbent-only, static MRI.

Call 732-698-1717 to schedule an Upright MRI scan or use our online appointment form. See our accepted insurances, script form, and contact page for our location.

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