Types Of MRI

MRI is widely used for imaging the brain and central nervous system, the spine for spinal cord and disc disorders, joints such as the knee, shoulder, hips and ankles, the heart and great vessels, and internal organs such as the liver, kidneys, pancreas, uterus, ovaries, prostate and more. The following are just a few of the services we offer:

MRI of the Body: MRI of the body specifically addresses evaluation of the chest, abdomen and/or pelvic areas. At MRI of Reston, we offer a non-invasive alternative for Prostate MRI.

Breast MRI: Breast MRI is a highly sensitive examination for the detection of breast cancer. It can detect cancers in dense breast tissue that mammography may miss. Breast MRI requires state-of-the-art MRI scanners, dedicated breast coils and the capability of performing Breast MRI Guided Biopsies. At MRI of Reston, we have a team of technologists and radiologists dedicated to women’s imaging.

Musculoskeletal (MSK) MRI: This type of MRI evaluates joint structures in extremities. MRI of Reston offers two (2) high-field, 3 Tesla magnets and a collection of dedicated coils to evaluate the complex anatomy of joint structures from shoulders and knees to the small bony structures of hands, wrists, feet and ankles. We offer a team of radiologists specialized in the interpretation of MSK imaging, thus providing your physician a comprehensive diagnosis.

MR Arthrography: MRI Arthrography is a specialized study of joint structures involving an injection of contrast into the joint followed by MRI imaging. MR Arthrography visualizes subtle joint abnormalities and is useful in diagnosing conditions such as labral tears, rotator cuff tears and evaluating joint instability. At MRI of Reston, we offer referring physicians and patients a simplified method for scheduling arthrograms to include the administration of therapeutic medications (corticosteroids and/or analgesics) at the time of the procedure.

Neuro MRI: Neuro MRI is imaging specifically evaluating the Central Nervous System and associated structures (head and spine). Our board certified neuroradiologists provide thorough and skilled interpretations for a comprehensive evaluation.

MRA: Magnetic Resonance Angiography is used to evaluate vascular function in any part of the body. It assists in the identification of abnormal vascular structures to include aneurysm and atherosclerosis – a narrowing or hardening of the arteries. MRAs of the Head may be performed without contrast, while all other MRA and MRV exams require an intravenous contrast injection.

On-Site GFR Testing: Depending upon a patient’s risk assessment (age, history of renal disease), the ACR recommends recent lab values assessing renal function prior to the administration of intravenous contrast. At MRI of Reston, we offer on-site testing at the time of the exam. A single drop of blood obtained at the time of the injection can provide a Creatinine or eGFR value within seconds – saving the patient and the referring physician time.