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Musculoskeletal MRI

What is a Musculoskeletal MRI?

MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is a noninvasive test that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to generate detailed images of joints, soft tissues and bone. A Musculoskeletal MRI focuses specifically on joint structures, including shoulders, hands, wrists, elbows, hips, knees, ankles and feet.

Whether you have a sports injury, arthritis or a torn meniscus, a Musculoskeletal MRI can help provide a complete diagnosis of the injury or pathology so you can get the treatment you need and get on with your life.

Common Questions

  • Why would my physician recommend a Musculoskeletal MRI?

    Your physician may recommend a Musculoskeletal MRI if you suffered a sports-related or work-related injury to your joints, have symptoms of arthritis, suffer chronic joint pain or have sustained injuries due to an accident or other event. The MRI will help your referring physician determine the cause of your pain and create an appropriate treatment plan specifically for you.

  • How does Musculoskeletal MRI work?

    Unlike conventional X-ray examinations and Computed Tomography (CT) scans, a Musculoskeletal MRI does not utilize ionizing radiation. Instead, it uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create images of joints, soft tissues and bones in the body. These images are ultra-sensitive, allowing Radiologists to detect bone erosion and inflammation, and can be used to diagnose any number of injuries or health conditions, including arthritis, tears of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, sports-related and work-related injuries, tumors involving muscles, bones and joints and more.

  • What should I expect during a Musculoskeletal MRI?

    If this is your first MRI, you may not be sure what to expect. Not to worry, we are here to guide you every step of the way. You may or may not be given a contrast agent intravenously. During the procedure, you will lie flat on an exam table. It is important that you remain still while the table slides through the scanner where the surrounding magnetic fields and radio waves will capture images of the designated joint. Also, the MRI machine does generate loud noises as the images are captured. All patients are given protective ear plugs, or headphones for music. The Technologist will be in the adjacent room operating the scanner, but will be able to hear and communicate with you throughout the exam. The exam can take anywhere from 30 - 45 minutes.

  • What should I expect after a Musculoskeletal MRI?

    When the MRI is complete, you may be asked to wait until the Radiologist checks the images to ensure no additional images are needed. Once the exam is complete, you may resume your normal activity level. Our Radiologist will interpret your study and send the final report to your physician.

  • Is a Musculoskeletal MRI painful?

    MRI exams are painless. The part that may be uncomfortable is remaining still during the imaging portion of the exam. If you suffer from claustrophobia, talk to your physician to see if medication may be prescribed.

     

  • How do I schedule a Musculoskeletal MRI with Fairfax Radiology?

    Contact our Scheduling Department for an appointment:

    Phone: 703.698.4488 Monday through Friday 8am to 6pm

    Fax: 703.698.0864

    Or click here to make an appointment request

    Please have your written physician order and your insurance card in hand when making your appointment.

  • When are appointments offered for Musculoskeletal MRI?

    For your convenience, appointments are available mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends at the locations listed below. Learn more about each location.

Available at the following locations

Fairfax MRI Center

Fairfax MRI Center

8081 Innovation Park Drive
The Pavilion, 3rd Floor
Fairfax, VA 22031
United States

Tel
703.204.8333
Fax
703.204.3744
Fairfax Radiology Center at Heritage / Radiology Imaging Associates

Fairfax Radiology Center at Heritage / Radiology Imaging Associates

8926 Woodyard Road
Suites 301, 401 & 502
Clinton, MD 20735
United States

Tel
301.856.3670
Fax
301.868.0129
Fairfax Radiology Center at Patuxent / Radiology Imaging Associates

Fairfax Radiology Center at Patuxent / Radiology Imaging Associates

230 W. Dares Beach Road
Suites 100 & 106
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
United States

Tel
301.855.9754
Fax
301.855.1367
Fairfax Radiology Center at Pembrooke / Radiology Imaging Associates

Fairfax Radiology Center at Pembrooke / Radiology Imaging Associates

11335 Pembrooke Square Medical Center
Suites 101, 104, 114 & 116
Waldorf, MD 20603
United States

Tel
301.870.8434
Fax
301.870.5327
Fairfax Radiology Center of Ballston

Fairfax Radiology Center of Ballston

3833 Fairfax Dr #110
Arlington, VA 22203
United States

Tel
703.788.8420
Fax
571.665.6691
Fairfax Radiology Center of Lansdowne

Fairfax Radiology Center of Lansdowne

19455 Deerfield Avenue
Suite 102
Lansdowne, VA 20176
United States

Tel
703.858.0001
Fax
703.724.0600
Fairfax Radiology Center of Sterling

Fairfax Radiology Center of Sterling

4 Pidgeon Hill Drive
Sterling, VA 20165
United States

Tel
703.450.5800
Fax
703.450.0495
Reston-Herndon MRI Center

Reston-Herndon MRI Center

100 Elden Street
Suite 16M
Herndon, VA 20170
United States

Tel
703.481.9400
Fax
703.481.9408
Tysons MRI and Imaging Center

Tysons MRI and Imaging Center

7799 Leesburg Pike
Suite 104S
Falls Church, VA 22043
United States

Tel
703.893.2820
Fax
703.827.2685