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.

Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time. Please do not eat or drink after midnight the night before your abdominal vascular ultrasound.

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.
Arlington, VA 22203

Fax: 571-665-6691

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Fairfax Radiology Center of Lansdowne

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

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
450 Springpark Pl.
Suite 100
Herndon, VA 20170

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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