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MRI/MRA Services

AccreditationMRI/MRA ServicesThe Fairfax MRI Centers offer 3 locations for convenient access to MRI/MRA services. In addition to our MRI Center in Fairfax, the Fairfax MRI Center in Reston/Herndon is now providing imaging services. Click here to view a map of our locations and to obtain driving directions for each.

Fairfax Radiology's faster Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanning capability means less time in the tunnel for our patients. Seven imaging units, featuring the latest technology, use a strong magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer to produce dramatically detailed images of the body's soft tissue, primarily the brain, spine, extremity joints and internal organs. The Fairfax Radiology MRI Centers also offer MR-angiography for noninvasive vascular studies. Our precisely focused, high-resolution images offer a more accurate diagnosis that leads to better-tailored treatment and praise from our colleagues.

For those adult patients who do not tolerate the confinement of an MRI procedure, FRC offers sedation services to improve the comfort and quality of the imaging process.

What is MRI of the Body?

MRI of the body specifically addresses evaluation of the chest, abdomen and/or pelvic areas. Using a magnetic field and radio waves, images are obtained that provide detailed structure and disease information. MRI technology is an essential imaging process that has vastly improved the efficiency and quality of the healthcare process.

What is Neuro MRI? What is Neuro MRI?

Neuro MRI involves imagery of the head and spine and is an imaging process that specifically addresses the Central Nervous System and associated structures. An MRI of the brain to diagnose a brain tumor or a cervical, thoracic and/or lumbar spine to identify disc herniation or degeneration are just some of the diagnostic applications for Neuro MRI. Our specialized Neuroradiologists are able to offer a thorough and skilled interpretation for a comprehensive evaluation.

What is MRA?

Magnetic Resonance Angiography is used to evaluate vascular function in any part of the body. It can effectively assist in the identification of abnormal vascular structure like an aneurysm or narrowing or hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Often done in conjunction with an MRI, this exam requires an appointment and sometimes may involve an intravenous contrast injection. All preparation is provided during the scheduling process.

What is Musculoskeletal MRI?

MSK MRI demonstrates joint structure in extremities. Whether to evaluate a painful shoulder with a torn rotator cuff, or an arthritic knee with cartilage degeneration, Fairfax Radiology’s radiologists can provide a complete diagnosis of the injury or pathology. This allows the referring physician to design a complete and effective treatment plan. Further follow-up imaging can monitor the treatment progress to assist in recovery.

What is Breast MRI?

Breast MRI is a highly sensitive examination for the detection of breast cancer. It can detect cancers that cannot be seen by mammography or ultrasound. Breast MRI utilizes an intravenous contrast. Because tumor cell structure differs from normal cell structure, breast cancer demonstrates faster and more intense contrast enhancement compared with normal breast tissue. It is not limited by breast density or overlapping structures. Breast MRI requires state-of-the-art MRI scanners, dedicated breast coils, specialized radiologists and the capability of performing Breast MRI guided biopsies.

For more information on this topic, please visit www.radiologyinfo.org.

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