Upright MRI Scans
A National Cancer Institute (NCI) Report shows a 70% higher risk of breast cancer for women with scoliosis. The NCI report says, "Researchers have found that women with scoliosis, or abnormal curvature of the spine, who were exposed to multiple diagnostic X-rays during childhood and adolescence may be at increased risk of dying of breast cancer.... The 5,466 women in the study, who received an average of 24.7 X-rays, were found to have a 70% higher risk of breast cancer than women in the general population."
The report goes on to say that "although radiation exposures to breast tissue are much lower today than during the time period covered by this study, they are not insignificant."
Raymond Damadian, M.D., president and founder of FONAR, said, "I'm delighted to announce our invention for the radiation-free evaluation of scoliosis with the FONAR DynamicT UPRIGHTR MRI. An accurate evaluation of scoliosis requires the patient to be upright. A conventional recumbent-only static MRI cannot meet this need. Of critical importance, our radiation-free application can be performed in the same amount of time and at the same cost as diagnosis and monitoring by X-ray. I believe it's imperative that every hospital and practice performing scoliosis examinations consider providing their patients with the radiation-free choice that is finally available because of the unique benefits of the FONAR DynamicT UPRIGHTR MRI."
It will be good news for all when these Upright MRI scans are available to everyone as currently this is just USA. I personally always think about the radiation and Cancer, everytime I have an X-Ray.