McLean Hospital 115 Mill Street Belmont, MA 02478
The McLean Imaging Center (MIC) is one of the premier imaging sites in the world, offering a rare blend of diagnostic services, cutting edge research, and high-quality educational programs in a relatively small hospital setting.
The MIC offers advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) diagnostic scanning. We have three complete physical examination rooms that are also equipped for phlebotomy (blood draws), if needed. In addition, private dressing rooms are available for all patients.
Our research and clinical programs focus on a variety of conditions, including—but not limited to—mood and anxiety disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, personality disorders, developmental disorders (e.g., autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), and neurodegenerative disorders (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease).
MRI provides valuable information that may not be available with other methods. MR images give exquisite detail of soft tissue structures such as the brain and spinal cord, as well as ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bones in the skeletal system. Internal organs are also very well visualized. Changes in any tissue structure can reveal the source of a problem. A primary care doctor or a specialist will determine if an individual needs an MRI. He or she may choose an MRI as a way to better understand the nature of a medical or psychiatric problem.
Located on the hospital’s Belmont, Massachusetts campus, our experienced staff provides a multidisciplinary approach to clinical care. Additionally, because we are affiliated with a world-class research center, we offer a number of state of the art ancillary services that may facilitate diagnosis or help track treatment responses.
Brain imaging is revolutionizing medical and scientific research. At the MIC, brain imaging tools and techniques are key to investigating the causes and development of drug and alcohol addiction and mental illness, as well as study of other psychiatric diagnoses. MR images show how a disease or injury affects each individual, allowing tailored treatment and facilitating scientific discovery. Imaging tools and techniques help us understand the structures affecting or causing these disorders and develop new treatments—the primary focus of our research.
The increasing power and potential of MRI is a breakthrough that is equivalent to the development of microscopes in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, which revolutionized the life sciences.
For further information please visit the McLean Imaging Center website.