WASHINGTON, June 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Intellectual Property
Owners Education Foundation today announced the winner of the 2007 National
Inventor of the Year Award. The program, now in its 34th year, honors the
spirit of American innovation and the protection offered to inventors by
the patent system. Dr. Raymond V. Damadian will be recognized for his
breakthrough in diagnostic medicine tonight on Capitol Hill.
Professor Raymond Damadian, M.D. is currently President and Chairman of
FONAR Corporation (Nasdaq: FONR), Melville, New York. Dr. Damadian is being
recognized for his development of Upright(TM) Magnetic Resonance Imaging
(MRI) technology. This invention allows physicians to image patients in
various weight-bearing positions in order to view tissues or analyze the
spine, joints, or bones for fractures under the strain of normal use rather
than in a prone position. The device also allows doctors to image the
cardiovascular system when the body is upright and blood is being propelled
The system is equipped with an MRI-compatible motorized patient
handling system that moves the patient into the magnet and places the
anatomy of interest into the center of the magnet gap. It also can rotate
the vertically- oriented patient into a horizontal position so the patient
can be scanned lying down as in conventional MRI scanning.
The Upright MRI scanner can examine any part of the body under its
normal functional load. This is particularly useful given the human body
and its many components are dynamic. Upright MRI can scan a patient in
virtually any position that reproduces pain or other symptoms. From the
patient's perspective, the scanner's open configuration may make MRI
imaging more comfortable.
"We are delighted to honor Dr. Damadian with this award," said IPO
Foundation President Harry J. Gwinnell. "His contributions to the field of
magnetic resonance imaging, particularly with the Upright(TM) MRI
technology for which we salute him today, have been critical in advancing
modern medicine's diagnostic and treatment capabilities."
Currently, Dr. Damadian has patents pending on a 360 degree or "room
size" MRI, which allows surgeons complete access to a patient in the
operating room during MRI scans, providing immediate diagnostic analysis of
the surgery and allowing a surgeon to see images of the tissues as surgery
is being performed. In this fashion, surgeons will be able to adapt
operational procedures and techniques and can view lesions such as tumors
in detail to be certain that they have removed 100% of the diseased tissue.
The first of these devices was installed in January 2006 by FONAR
Corporation, which Dr. Damadian founded in 1978, at Oxford University in
England. Further research is underway.
IPO Education Foundation, in conjunction with Intellectual Property
Owners Association (IPO), is at the forefront of not only educating
consumers about the patent process but ensuring that the rights of patent
holders are protected. IPO is the only association in the United States
that serves all intellectual property owners in all industries and all
fields of technology.
Presented by IPO Foundation, the Inventor of the Year award is the best
known honor for recent American inventors, having gone previously to those
responsible for the development of the Jarvik Seven Artificial Heart, Bose
speaker technology and other patented breakthrough inventions.
The Inventor of the Year ceremony will take place tonight in the Caucus
Room at the Cannon House Office Building. Interested press can attend by
contacting Samantha Grover at 202-521-6730.
About IPO Education Foundation
Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation, a non-profit
subsidiary of Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), was
established in 2005 to educate the public on the importance of intellectual
property rights to the national and global economies. IPO Foundation
conducts programs to:
-- Broaden public understanding of systems for protecting intellectual
-- Sponsor awards for the purpose of recognizing outstanding achievement
in the fields of invention, creativity, and IP rights
-- Publish reports dealing with legal, economic, and other aspects of
Donations to the foundation by individuals are tax deductible to the
extent allowed by law. To find out more about IPO Education Foundation
programs or how to make a donation, call 202/466-2396.
SOURCE Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation