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Raymond V. Damadian

Raymond Damadian, MDRaymond V. Damadian was born in Queens, New York. Before earning a bachelor's degree in mathematics fromthe University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a Ford Foundation Scholar, he studied violin at the Juilliard School of Music. He then went on to earn his M.D. in 1960, as a member of the first graduating class of Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Dr. Damadianis a pioneer in the world of medical imaging, and in fact, revolutionized the field. In 1969, he first proposed the idea of using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technology to scan the human body for early signs of malignancy. He went on to prove that there were indeed differences in NMR relaxation times of various body tissues; he published his findings in the seminal 1971 Science paper titled Tumor Detection by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. In 1974, he was awarded the first patent in the field of MRI. Dr. Damadianand his post–graduate assistants, Lawrence Minkoff and Michael Goldsmith, went on to build the first MR scanner which they named Indomitable. Indomitable produced the first human MRI image on July 3, 1977.

In 1978, Dr. Damadian founded FONAR Corporation (an alternating acronym for “field focused nuclear magnetic resonance”). FONAR produced the world´s first commercial MRI machine in 1980, and since then has remained a cornerstone in the MRI industry. In 2007, FONAR's Upright Multi-Positional MRI was recognized as The Invention of the Year by the Intellectual Properties Owners Association Education Foundation.

Dr. Damadian has been the recipient of many honors and awards throughout his career. In 1988, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology by President Ronald Reagan, which he shared jointly with Dr. Paul Lauterbur, for “their independent contributions in conceiving and developing the application of magnetic resonance technology to medical uses, including whole-body scanning and diagnostic imaging.” In 1989, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame of the United States Patent Office. His original MRI full-body scanner, Indomitable, was acquired by the Smithsonian Institution in the 1980s. In 2001, the Lemelson–MIT Prize Program bestowed its $100,000 Lifetime Achievement Award on Dr. Damadian as “the man who invented the MRI scanner.” The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia recognized Dr. Damadian´s work on MRI with the Bower Award in Business Leadership.

Throughout his career, Dr. Damadian has remained firmly committed to research in physics and medical NMR. He has worked tirelessly to support novel MRI applications and has pioneered new technology to examine the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) as it relates to body position. As the Editor–in–Chief of PCP, he is committed to bringing the medical community scientifically sound, breakthrough research in the field.

Brianna Damadian, M.D, M.S.
Senior Editor

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Michael Guarino
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