A primary care doctor or a specialist will determine if an individual needs an MRI. The doctor may choose an MRI as a way to better understand the nature of a medical or psychiatric problem.
Located on McLean’s main campus in Belmont, Massachusetts, 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 associated 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 other mental illnesses.
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.
Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is a medical imaging procedure used to look inside the body. It is noninvasive 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 of 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
Visit our dedicated website for more information on our scanners as well as an interactive brain/body map, including sample images.