The developer of the Upright MRI was named the National Inventor of the Year by the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation, organizers said this week.

Raymond V. Damadian designed the Upright MRI so physicians could view a patient's tissues and bones under the strain of normal use instead of in a horizontal position like traditional MRI machines. The device also allows physicians to better map the cardiovascular system when a patient is standing up and blood is moving against gravity.

Damadian was presented with his award at a ceremony on Capitol Hill on Monday. Past honorees include the inventors of the Jarvik Seven Artificial Heart and Bose speaker technology.

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