Neuroradiology MRI is a specialized area of medical imaging that provides an extremely detailed patient assessment. Our physicians have special training and fellowship practice in medical imaging related to health conditions affecting the head, brain, neck, orbits, spine and related structures and coverings.
Washington Radiology has a specialized team of board-certified radiologists who have extra training and expertise in the area of medical imaging called diagnostic neuroradiology. This field of imaging focuses exclusively on imaging of the head, neck, and central nervous system which includes the brain and spine. Our radiologists work with neurologists and primary care physicians throughout the DC metro area to recommend the most effective imaging, and then to evaluate and assess for the presence of a variety of medical conditions like back pain, trauma or injury, stroke, and vascular issues.
Training and experience are important in choosing where to go for your imaging exam. At Washington Radiology, neuroimaging exams are interpreted and reported by a board-certified neuroradiologist with the background training and certification to support this specialization. Because we also perform a high number of these exams, we bring the collective expertise of these exams to every patient that we see. This means a more definitive diagnosis to help speed any follow-up treatments or interventions.
Most insurance plans require prior authorization for MRI scans, regardless of the history or condition associated with the exam purpose. We have a team of precertification specialists who will work with you and your insurance company to obtain the necessary medical history and notes from your referring physician. This information is very beneficial in successfully completing the precertification process and supporting the need for the exam. Precertification services are a courtesy that we offer to all patients to help ease the paperwork associated with obtaining your imaging care.
Preparing for Your Exam
Patient peace of mind starts with the right preparation. In addition to the written order from your physician, bring any prior images or reports from outside Washington Radiology with you to your appointment, 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 physician, unless otherwise directed.
- Wear comfortable clothing without metal zippers, buttons, hooks, etc.
- Because of the magnetic field, do not wear metal hair clips or eye makeup that may contain small metallic flecks, which can interfere with your scan.
- Leave jewelry and valuables at home.
- A secure locker will be available to leave metal objects, like your keys and watch.
MRI With and/or Without Contrast
- Inform us if you have a pacemaker, artificial heart valves or any metal objects in your body, or if you are pregnant or nursing.
- Do not eat or drink two hours before your exam.
If you have follow-up questions about these MRI preparations, contact the Washington Radiology office where your exam is scheduled and ask to speak with the nurse.
3022 Williams Drive
Fairfax, VA 22031
Chevy Chase, MD
4445 Willard Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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Washington, DC 20037
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Potomac, MD 20854