One of the world’s most prominent medical professionals, Raymond Vahan Damadian was a physician of Armenian descent. He was known for creating the first MR scanning machine and for his innovative advances in the field of medicine. The MRI scanner, which uses radio waves from cells to create images of the human body, has changed the way doctors diagnose and treat patients.
Invented by Damadian, the first MR scanning machine, named Indomitable, was created in 1977. On July 3, 1977, it performed the world’s first MRI scan. As a result, it is considered one of the most important diagnostic tools in today’s medicine.
Damadian is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also a member of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. In 2001, the Lemelson-MIT Program presented Damadian with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Throughout his career, he has received more than 45 patents for improvements to MRI scanners.
Damadian earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Later, he attended the Juilliard School of Music and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y., where he studied violin. A year later, he graduated from the medical school.
After completing his studies, Damadian became a member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. His innovations included the full-sized MRI operating room and the MRI scanner. Among his many awards, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 1988.
Raymond Damadian’s innovations have changed the way physicians and medical researchers can diagnose and treat their patients. This includes a full-sized MRI operating room that allows unrestricted patient access and can accommodate the equipment needed for surgery. Also, the Stand-Up MRI is the only scanner that can be used to scan patients while they are standing.
Despite the many scientific achievements he has made, Damadian remains a quiet, white-haired gentleman. While at the Ford Foundation, he was awarded a scholarship to attend Harvard. During that time, he also became familiar with nuclear magnetic resonance technology, which led to his invention of the MRI.
After Damadian’s invention of the MR scanner, he founded the FONAR Corporation. It is currently a medical imaging services company that provides MRI scanning machines and servicing for existing machines. Previously, the company manufactured 500 MR scanners. But in recent years, it has focused on managing imaging centers in the United States.
When Damadian was still alive, he reportedly had more than $2 million in accounts. In addition to his own personal accounts, he also owned over 900 shares of FONR stock, which were valued at over $2,275,073. That’s an estimate of his total assets.
Currently, he is the chairman and president of the board of Fonar Corp. He also serves as the corporation’s treasurer. In the past eighteen months, he has made no insider trades. However, he has bought and sold more than 900 shares of FONR stock.
Known as the father of the MR scanner, Damadian is a true pioneer in the fields of science and medicine. Although he died in 2022, he left a legacy that will change the way we diagnose and treat cancer.