General Body MRI

Detailed Images without Radiation

MRI is a noninvasive imaging tool that produces detailed images of the anatomy without the use of ionizing radiation. At Washington Radiology, our MRI radiologists have special expertise in body studies and they use both 1.5 and 3.0 Tesla magnets to provide an exceptionally accurate result.

Body MRI generally refers to images of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis areas. MRI technology uses a strong magnet, radio frequency waves, and a computer to create images of these structures. The computer processes these signals to produce detailed images throughout the body. MRI provides an image clarity of even the smallest structure in the body which makes this technology unique as compared to other imaging techniques.  

As a diagnostic study, body MRI is especially useful in the early detection of various conditions, and when treatment options are very favorable. 


Washington, DC
University Medical Building
2141 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037
P: 202-223-9722 | F: 202-659-2819
HOURS: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Limited Services Available

Hours vary by service. See this page for details.

Chevy Chase, MD
Chase Tower
4445 Willard Avenue, Suite 200, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
P: 301-654-4242 | F: 301-907-7414
HOURS: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday

Hours vary by service. See this page for details.

Fairfax, VA
Four Seasons Three
3022 Williams Drive, Suites 104, 200, 204, Fairfax, VA 22031
P: 703-698-8800 | F: 703-573-2318
HOURS: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Limited Services Available

Hours vary by service. See this page for details.

Potomac, MD
Park Potomac
12505 Park Potomac Avenue, Suite 120, Potomac, MD 20854
P: 240-223-4700 | F: 240-223-4701
HOURS: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Limited Services Available

Preparing For Your MRI Exam

Patient peace of mind starts with the right preparation. To obtain the best possible study results, it is important that you follow the instructions below. 

During scheduling, a Washington Radiology team member will review with you the preparation instructions specific to your MRI exam. These instructions are repeated here for easy reference.

In addition to the written order from your doctor, please remember to bring to your appointment any prior images or reports from outside Washington Radiology if related to the reason for your visit with us.  

For all MRI patients, we request the following:

  • Continue to take any medications prescribed by your doctor unless otherwise directed.

  • Wear comfortable clothing without metal zippers, buttons, hooks etc.

  • Because of the magnetic field, we also ask that you not wear any metal hair clips or eye makeup which may contain small metallic flecks which can interfere with your scan.

  • Please leave jewelry and valuables at home.

  • A secure locker will be available to leave metal objects, like your keys and watch, in a safe place.

  • MRI contrast policy: Prior to injection, we perform Creatinine testing on all gadolinium contract cases. If test results prohibit the use of a contrast medium, a non-contrast study will be performed in most cases.



  • Inform us if you have a pacemaker, artificial heart valves, have any metal objects in your body, are pregnant, or are nursing.

  • No food or fluids 2 hours prior to your exam.



  • Avoid aspirin or similar blood thinning products for 5 days prior to procedure unless otherwise instructed at


    of scheduling.

  • No solid food 4 hours before your study.

  • Clear fluids are allowed up to 2 hours before your study.


If you have any follow-up questions about these important MRI preparations, please contact the Washington Radiology office where your exam is scheduled and ask to speak with the nurse.