Types of MRI
MRI is widely used for imaging the joints, brain, spine, and abdomen. Each joint (i.e., the knee, shoulder, hip, hand, or ankle/foot) is evaluated individually. Other frequent structures that benefit from MRI imaging are 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:
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. In addition, we utilize the only true open 1.2T MRI which provides high-grade diagnostic images of joints. We provide a team of sub-specialized fellowship trained radiologists specialized in the interpretation of MSK imaging, thus providing your physician a comprehensive diagnosis.
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 which may be missed from conventional MRI. 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 is imaging specifically evaluating the Central Nervous System and associated structures (head and spine). Our neuroradiologists are not only board certified, but have also received an addtional one-year of highly specialized fellowship training. We provide thorough and skilled interpretations for a comprehensive evaluation.
Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) 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 may be performed without contrast.
MRI of the body specifically addresses evaluation of the chest, abdomen and/or pelvic areas. We also offer MR Enterography and Elastography.
With the advancement of MRI-Ultrasound Fusion imaging, guidance of targeted Prostate Cancer has provided dramatic results in both diagnosing and treating this disease. At MRI of Reston, we specialize in Prostate imaging by utilizing the High-Field 3T magnet while maintaining patient comfort without the need for an invasive Endorectal coil.
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.
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.