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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) provides an unparalleled view of inside the human body using a huge magnet, radio waves and computer technology to produce high quality images.

These exams are safe, painless and are used to diagnose many conditions involving the brain, spine, joints, muscles, abdomen, breast, heart, prostate and blood vessels.

The MRI machine is a large, tube-shaped machine that creates a strong magnetic field around the person being examined. This magnetic field, along with a radiofrequency, briefly redirects the hydrogen atoms' natural alignment in the body and causes them to spin. This spin creates heat, which is released from the spinning atoms and collected by the scanner to produce an image through specialized computer processing.

Cross-sectional views can be done to show more details. MRI does not use ionizing radiation, like X-rays or CT scans.

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

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is available at:

Inova Partnership Sites

Fairfax Radiology Center of Ballston

An Inova Partnership
3833 N. Fairfax Dr.
#110
Arlington, VA 22203

703-788-8420
Fax: 571-665-6691

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Fairfax Radiology Center of Lansdowne

An Inova Partnership
19455 Deerfield Ave.
Suite 102
Lansdowne, VA 20176

703-858-0001
Fax: 703-724-0600

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Fairfax Radiology Center of Sterling

An Inova Partnership
4 Pidgeon Hill Dr.
Sterling, VA 20165

Phone: 703-450-5800
Fax: 703-450-0495

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Reston-Herndon MRI Center

An Inova Partnership
100 Elden St.
Suite 16M
Herndon, VA 20170

Phone: 703-481-9400
Fax: 703-481-9408

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Tysons MRI and Imaging Center

An Inova Partnership
7799 Leesburg Pike
Suite 104S
Falls Church, VA 22043

Phone: 703-893-2820
Fax: 703-698-0864

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Fairfax Radiology Center at Heritage/Radiology Imaging Associates

An Inova Partnership
8926 Woodyard Rd.,
Suites 301, 401 and 502
Clinton, MD 20735

Phone: 301-856-3670
Fax: 301-868-0129

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Fairfax Radiology Center at Patuxent/Radiology Imaging Associates

An Inova Partnership
230 W. Dares Beach Rd.
Suites 100 and 106
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

301-855-9754
Fax: 301-855-1367

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Fairfax Radiology Center at Pembrooke/Radiology Imaging Associates

An Inova Partnership
11335 Pembrooke Square Medical Center
Suites 100, 104, 114 and 116
Waldorf, MD 20603

301-870-8434
Fax: 301-870-5327

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