The Radiology Clinic

14995 Shady Grove Road Suite 140, Rockville, MD 20850
Phone. 301-217-0500
Fax. 301-217-0501
Email. info@theradclinic.com

MRI/CT
Whole Body

MRI and CT are both powerful diagnostic imaging tools. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks. For example, multiple sclerosis lesions are almost impossible to visualize using CT but are clearly seen using specialized MRI sequences. Conversely, lung nodules are challenging to characterize with MRI; due to the high resolution of Lung CT there is a greater chance of visualizing and evaluating these areas. Our team of board certified, fellowship trained radiologists have developed our MRI/CT combo Whole Body Scan protocol, using the strengths of both modalities, to offer a high resolution scan with the lowest radiation dose possible for diagnosis.

A breakdown of our study

Brain

a. Using high resolution MRI we perform a full routine brain protocol. MRI has a high degree of diagnostic efficacy in detection of tumors, multiple sclerosis lesions, strokes and a variety of other neurological conditions that manifest themselves in radiologic imaging.

b. Cerebral aneurysms occur in approximately 1 in 50 people in the United States. Most have no symptoms. If caught before rupture they can usually be managed and avert a potentially fatal incident. Using MRI Angiography we can quickly and accurately detect the presence of cerebral aneurysms.

Neck and Spine

a. A high contrast MRI screening is performed through the soft tissues of the neck. This allows for visualization of neck and parotid masses as well as lymphadenopathy.

b. The complete spine is imaged in the sagittal plane using high resolution MRI. Disc protrusions, arthritic changes and space occupying spinal cord lesions are common pathologic conditions we target.

Chest/Lungs and Heart

a. A calcium score protocol is performed through the coronary arteries. As plaque builds up, it hardens and produces calcifications which can be seen on CT. A risk report, based on the findings of the calcium score, is included in the Whole Body Scan.

b. For the chest and lungs, a low dose lung screening protocol is performed. This is an excellent tool for early detection of lung cancer as well as nodules, lymphadenopathy and infiltrative disease.

Abdomen

a. MRI of the abdomen can better detect lesions that can be missed by non-contrast CT. Multi-sequence MRI is performed through the entire abdomen. Early detection of solid organ lesions/tumors is paramount for treatment options and prognosis.

Pelvis

a. The pelvis is imaged with multiple MRI sequences in multiple planes; male and female related anatomy is specifically targeted. This includes the prostate, uterus and ovaries. The bony pelvis and lymph nodes are also evaluated for disease processes.