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Sony Teams Up with Fonar to Deliver MRI SolutionSony FilmStation System's Vertical Install Capability Complements FONAR (October 31, 2005)
Sony Electronics has enlisted MRI developer and manufacturer FONAR Corporation to become a reseller for the Sony FilmStation 14 x 17-inch dry film imager. As a result, FONAR for the first time will have a film imager it intends to offer to its customers.
"FONAR's reputation as a leading manufacturer of MRI scanners enhances the reputation of Sony FilmStation as the dry film imager of choice among medical professionals, said Steven Blum, vice president for medical systems at Sony Electronics."
The agreement expands FONAR's product portfolio, enabling the company to provide an output solution with its MRI systems, such as the flagship Upright MRI.
FONAR Upright MRI
The Upright MRI is billed by FONAR as the world's first truly "open" MRI, allowing patients to walk in, sit or stand during scans, while providing them with an unobstructed view. For added flexibility, FONAR also said it is the only whole-body MRI that performs Position imaging where patients can be scanned in various positions of flexion, extension, rotation and lateral bending as well as the conventional lie-down position.
The Upright MRI's vertical disposition makes it compatible with the Sony FilmStation.
"We are very pleased to team up with Sony, a leader in the medical imaging market," said Dr. Raymond V. Damadian, president and founder of FONAR. "In evaluating the various imager solutions on the market, we selected the Sony FilmStation system due to its reputation for quality, reliability, versatility and value."
Sony FilmStation Dry Film Imager
The Sony FilmStation 14 x 17-inch dry film imager is the only imager of its kind that can be installed either in the upright vertical position or horizontally. It outputs film in less than one minute, and when connected with another FilmStation imager it prints up to 130 films per hour. The FilmStation system features high-resolution 320-dpi thermal head technology and automatic calibration for high-image quality.
"The Sony FilmStation imager's upright install capability and compact footprint render it a perfect match for FONAR's Upright MRI, allowing the pair easy integration into radiology environments where space is a premium and flexibility is critical," Blum said.
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