What is an MRI and why is it used?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnetic fields, not radiation, to make pictures of the internal organs and structures inside the body. MRIs help doctors diagnose conditions and internal injuries and check to see if medicines or treatments are working properly.

ACR magnetic resonance imaging

MRI technology at StoneSprings Hospital Center is the most advanced in the region. We offer Wide Bore MRI, an innovative imaging system that provides exceptional images, comfort and speed for those patients who may feel claustrophobic when undergoing a traditional MRI.

Contact us:

Call our Consult-A-Nurse® team 24/7 at (855) 226-7344 if you need more information about scheduling a diagnostic imaging appointment.

If you have any other questions, please call us at (571) 349-4000 or get directions to our facility.

Our location:
24440 Stone Springs Blvd
Dulles, VA 20166

How you benefit from undergoing an MRI

An MRI lets your doctor take a closer look at parts of the body than is possible with other imaging methods, such as x-ray. MRI is extremely useful in diagnosing and treating a broad range of conditions, such as:

  • Tumors
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Spinal cord or nerve injuries
  • Bleeding in the brain
  • Disorders of the eye and inner ear

What to expect during your MRI

MRI procedures are painless and noninvasive. The MRI is a large machine that looks like a long tube that is open at both ends. You lie on a table that moves through the machine while a technologist monitors everything from another room and communicates with you through a microphone.

The MRI machine can make very loud thumping or tapping noises, so you may elect to use earplugs or listen to music during the procedure. The MRI could take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on what body part is being imaged, and it is extremely important to remain completely still during the procedure as any movement may blur the images.

Learn more about magnetic resonance imaging in our online Health Library.