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8110 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042

This precise and advanced imaging tool provides anatomic and functional information and offers the ability to image the heart in any plane. Like all magnetic resonance imaging, cardiac MRI provides high resolution and does not use radiation.

Among its numerous capabilities, cardiac MRI can help:

  • Evaluate the structures and function of the heart, valves, major vessels and surrounding structures
  • Detect, diagnose and manage coronary heart disease and a variety of cardiovascular problems
  • Detect the buildup of plaque and blockages in the blood vessels and helps physicians determine the extent of damage caused by a heart attack or heart disease
  • Help the doctor plan a patient's treatment for cardiovascular problems and monitor a patient's progress.

Before Your Procedure

Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time. (For MRI and nuclear medicine studies, please arrive 30 minutes before your appointment time.)

Bring the following information with you:

  • A signed prescription for an imaging study (unless your doctor’s office has either faxed an order or indicated they entered the order directly into Inova’s electronic medical records system)
  • Insurance card
  • Photo ID (e.g., license, passport)
  • Any previous exam films and reports performed at a non-Inova facility, including X-rays, mammograms, MRIs, CT scans and ultrasounds
  • Implant card, if applicable

Cardiac MRI is available at: