On a recent visit to Israel, world-acclaimed scientist
Raymond Damadian, M.D., inventor of the well-known MRI
machine, announced the donation of a new, advanced MRI to the
Ezra Umarpeh association headed by Rabbi Elimelech Firer.
The invention of the MRI 18 years ago effected a medical
revolution. The device enables non-invasive, precision
photography of internal parts of the body, allowing the
collection of information on a scale and of a quality never
before possible. Conditions may be detected that were
hitherto hidden, and diagnoses may be made where before there
was just guesswork. The device also enables surgeons to study
precise pictures of the areas on which they need to operate
before they begin surgery. Tens of millions of patients the
world over have benefited from the MRI.
Dr. Damadian was in Israel to receive an honorary doctorate
from Bar Ilan University. During his visit he asked to meet
Rabbi Elimelech Firer, about whom he had heard so much. In
their meeting last week along with medical professionals from
Israel and abroad, the conversation focused on the MRI device
and its development. Damadian expressed his admiration for
the phenomenal work of Rabbi Firer and Ezra Umarpeh.
Dr. Damadian, along with Mr. Green, chairman of the Fonar
Corporation which the two of them head, announced the
donation of a new, advanced model of their MRI device to Ezra