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McLean Imaging Center

Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is a medical imaging procedure used to look inside the body. It is non-invasive and uses radio waves, a strong magnet, and a computer to provide details of specific parts of the body. There is no harmful ionizing radiation from an MRI.

The McLean Imaging Center offers standard clinical diagnostic services including MRI of the brain, spine, head/neck, and abdomen/pelvis. We also offer MR angiography (MRA) of the brain and neck, MR spectroscopy MRIof specific brain region(s), orthopedic/musculoskeletal MRI, and IV gadolinium contrast studies. We do not currently offer breast MRI, cardiac MRI, or vascular run-off MRI studies.

Our specialty, state of the art equipment includes:

  • 4T Varian Unity/Inova whole body scanner
  • 3T Siemens Prisma whole body scanner
  • 3T Siemens TIM Trio whole body scanner
  • 9.4T Varian small bore scanner for preclinical and ex vivo research
  • Dedicated mock scanner (MRI simulator)
  • Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) for close examination of white matter
  • Functional MRI (fMRI) for exploring the function of specific brain regions
  • Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) for measuring the presence and concentration of various brain chemicals
  • See our dedicated website for more information on our scanners as well as an interactive brain/body map, including sample images

We also offer specialized advanced magnetic resonance scanning procedures include functional MRI (fMRI) during neurocognitive task performance, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), proton (1H), phosphorus (31P), and lithium (7L).