Musculoskeletal MRI

Specialized Evaluation for Larger MSK Structures 

Musculoskeletal MRI is a very specialized area of medical imaging that is best suited for radiologists who have trained extensively in the diagnosis of MSK injuries and disorders.  Washington Radiology's board certified physicians offer this specific expertise delivered with care and compassion to ease patient anxiety and provide an exceptional experience.

MSK MRI is often ordered when there are vague physical symptoms of a potential health issue, and the clinical exam by your doctor may not point to a specific diagnosis.  The MSK system in the body most commonly associated with MRI evaluation are large and small joints, ligaments, tendons, and connective tissue.

Musculoskeletal MRI exams are comfortable, with patients laying on a padded scanner during the study. In some cases, music is played for further relaxation, and it’s not uncommon for patients to fall asleep while the MRI scanner is in use. Like all MRI exams, MSK MRI does not use ionizing radiation. Our warm and welcoming staff are experts at producing the best images possible to help guide your follow-up care.


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.

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
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.

Preparing For Your MSK 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.



  • 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.


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.