Why Upright MRI ?

Symptom–Specific Positional Scanning

American Upright 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 technology enables the patient to place himself in the position that generates the pain so that images can be acquired in that very position. Correctly identifying the pain-generating pathology can markedly improve patient surgical outcomes. In addition, it enables the surgeon to see the full extent to which the disk herniation increases when the patient flexes or extends, or the extent to which the patient's vertebra is sliding back and forth with body position.


Conventional MRI Is Not “Good Enough". Don't settle for a partial view of your patient's spine. See the view in which your patient experiences the problem -- sitting, standing, bending, or lying down.

Given the “miss rate” of static MRI reported by UCLA, a conventional static MRI is obviously not good enough. Only the Fonar UPRIGHT® Multi–Position MRI can see your patient’s problem in the position he or she experiences it.

Unrivaled Comfort; Patients Watch TV during Their Scan

The patient simply walks in, sits down, and watches TV during the scan. They are not slid into the usual tube. This open comfort is especially good for people who are claustrophobic.


Dramatically Different from All Other MRI's

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. The magnetic configuration of the UPRIGHT® MRI is dramatically different from all other MRIs, both High-Field MRIs and so-called “Open” MRIs. As a result, the UPRIGHT® MRI is able to use both solenoid and planar RF receiver coils. No other MRI can do this.

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.