On Saturday 26th October 2019 Blacktown and Mt Druitt Hospital was very honoured to have the legendary inventor of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Dr Raymond Damadian at the Western Sydney University’s Blacktown Clinical School to launch the world’s first Master’s Degree in Medical Imaging MRI.
Dr Raymond Damadian the inventor of the MRI machine for human body imaging, presented a talk on The Story of MRI. The seminar was attended by several dignitaries which included The Hon Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC, Government Whip in the Legislative Council and Parliamentary Secretary for Health representing the Premier of the NSW Government, as well as federal government MP Mr. Julian Leeser, local state members of parliament and local government Mayors. The event was also attended by Foreign Service Specialist Mr. Robert Watkins on behalf of the Consulate General of the U.S.A. representing the people of the United States of America. Members of the WSLHD and Blacktown Mount Druitt Executive team were also in attendance.
The event was chaired by Dr James Nol Associate Professor of Advanced Imaging “MRI” School of Medicine WSU and Operations Director, Medical Imaging - BMDH, who welcomed the attendees. The Dean of the School of Medicine Western Sydney University Professor Annemarie Hennessy welcomed the VIP Guests as well as welcoming the Guest of Honour Dr Raymond Damadian and announced the launch of the Master of Advanced Imaging (MRI) course with Dr Damadian, the representative of the Premier of the NSW Government and the honorary members of Parliament.
In his opening remarks Dr Nol spoke about the importance of the post graduate degree and told the story of meeting Dr Damadian in New York during his holiday in the US in December/January 2018. At the time Dr Damadian and his team expressed their interest in the Post Graduate Degree in MRI and Dr Damadian vowed to attend the Inaugural Launch of the world first Master of Advanced Imaging (MRI) designed for Medical Practitioners and other medical disciplines.
Dr Damadian who is a mathematician, biophysicist and a Medical Practitioner walked the audience through the steps of the evolution of the present MRI scanners. The presentation invoked thinking about the relaxation time of K-shells and harnessing that energy to the formulation of the first magnet and the testing on humans mainly himself and his research student. Dr Damadian showed the pictures taken in the 1970s of his research student and himself sitting inside the first magnet strapped with the first ever made coil for human use around their chests. Later was a picture of the first MRI machine at the Smithsonian in Washington DC, USA in the 1980s and the evolution of the multiposition MRI. It was extrapolated that due to long scan times and the narrow deep structure of the bore MRI is intimidating to children and scanning MRI scanning for kids is almost impossible without General anesthesia. The invention of the multiposition has changed that dramatically where kids can be scanned while watching TV and babies can be wrapped with the coil and examined in mom’s lap delivering superior diagnostic outcome in comparison to other imaging modalities without the risk of exposure to ionising radiation.
Dr Damadian’s research has demonstrated the ability of upright MRI can diagnose conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and other neurological disorders caused by whiplash restricting cerebrospinal fluid to properly flow between the cervical spine and the brain. Early research has shown that Atlas Orthogonal treatment has resulted in full recovery.
The meet and greet session with Dr Damadian went well and Dr Damadian has autographed more than 100 autograph BMDH/ASMIRT Symposium cards.
Dr Andrew Jones in his presentation after the meet and greet break, showed the supremacy of MRI over CT for all Neuro examinations as well as the importance of MRI in diagnosing Appendicitis and other abdominal pathologies. In a question to Dr Jones, he clearly stated that MRI will eventually eliminate the use of CT scans in the near future.
The last speaker was Dr Jay Dworkin PhD MRI physics who touched on the superiority of low frequency multiposition MRI and its advantages over the traditional systems currently in use.
The Honoraboule Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for Health representing the Premier of NSW, The inventor of MRI Dr Raymond Damadian, and Blacktown Hospital Medical Imagining operations director Assoc. Prof James Nol.
Prof Annemarie Hennessy- Dean School of Medicine WSU, the Honourable Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for Health, The Honourable Kevin Connolly State Member for Riverstone, MRI inventor Dr Raymond Damadian, The Honourable Philip Ruddock Mayor of Hornsby Council, the Honourable Edmond Attallah State Member for Mount Druitt, The Honourable Richard Amery Retired Sate member for Mount Druitt, and the Blacktown Hospital Medical Imagining Operations Director Dr. James Nol Assoc. professor of Advanced Imaging School of Medicine WSU.
Foreign Service Specialist Mr. Robert Watkins on behalf of the Consulate General of the U.S.A. representing the people of the United States of America.
Mr Patrick Wong Senior Lecturer Advanced Imaging “MRI” WSU, MRI inventor Dr Raymond Damadian, Shirley Shou MRP BMDH, Mike Daniel MRP BMDH, Madaranna Doan MRP BMDH.
Dr Damadian is the ‘father of MRI’, a pioneer for one of the greatest medical breakthroughs of the 20th century, saving and enhancing countless lives.
Dr Damadian continues to advance the technology of the instrument, and has been acknowledged for his efforts with major awards. He was inducted into the American National Inventors Hall of Fame by President George Bush Snr in 1989 and his original MRI machine is still on show in the Smithsonian.
Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals are also involved in MRI advancement – the BMDH team introduced the MR Screening program where several MRI scans are done in less than five minutes with better diagnostic confidence and less exposure to radiation than X-ray, CT and ultrasound.