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Imaging Services

Reston Radiology Consultants offers the latest in diagnostic imaging technology.

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MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is medicine's most advanced method for imaging particular parts of your body. MRI is widely used for imaging the brain and central nervous system, the spine for spinal cord and disc disorders, joints such as the knee, shoulder, hips and ankles, the heart and great vessels, and internal organs such as the liver, kidneys, pancreas, uterus and ovaries. An MRI exam often replaces the need for time consuming, expensive, and painful surgery.

MRI procedures, featuring Open MRI, are performed at
MRI of Reston.

PET (Positron Emission Tomography & Computed Tomography)

A PET/CT scan combines PET and CT into one image to evaluate the biological and metabolic activity of tumors, the heart, and the brain. PET (Positron Emission Tomography) utilizes a low-level radiopharmaceutical or a "glucose tracer" (F18 FDG, an isotope similar to glucose) to visualize processes within the body. Malignant or cancerous tumors are metabolically active and grow more rapidly than normal cells, therefore they require more glucose (sugar) for energy. Consequently, PET is very good at determining whether or not a tumor is malignant through its metabolic activity.

PET procedures are performed at PET of Reston.

CT (Computed Tomography)

CT scanning, or Computer Assisted Tomography, is a rapid, painless diagnostic examination that combines X-rays and computers to image the inside of the body at far more detail than standard X-rays. With each rotation it takes multiple slices of the body in 3-D. This means that scans are performed much faster with less exposure to radiation.

CT procedures are performed at Fair Oaks Imaging Center.


Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, involves exposing parts of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Ultrasound examinations do not use ionizing radiation (as used in x-rays). Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.

Ultrasound and sonography procedures are performed at Fair Oaks Imaging Center and Loudoun Imaging Center - Ashburn.

Digital Mammography

Digital Mammography is currently the best screening tool to detect breast cancer. Its ability to improve image quality with a lower compression force allows the patient to have a more comfortable experience than its predecessor conventional mammography. Much like digital photography, digital mammography can be viewed instantly reducing the exam and turnaround time for results. Learn more about Women's Health Services at RRC.

Digital mammography procedures are performed at Fair Oaks Imaging Center and Loudoun Imaging Center - Ashburn.

Bone Densitometry (DEXA)

Bone density scanning, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) or bone densitometry, is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. DEXA is today's established standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD). DEXA is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that often affects women after menopause but may also be found in men. DEXA is also effective in tracking the effects of treatment for osteoporosis and other conditions that cause bone loss.

DEXA procedures are performed at Fair Oaks Imaging Center and Loudoun Imaging Center - Ashburn.

Interventional & Vascular Radiology

RRC is now providing office based Interventional Radiology and Ultrasound Guided Biopsy Services to better serve our community. In offering these services in an outpatient setting at Fair Oaks Imaging Center and Loudoun Imaging Center-Ashburn we are able to provide patients with a comfortable and inviting setting with relatively little to no waiting. [Learn More...]

Interventional & Vascular Radiology procedures are performed at Fair Oaks Imaging Center, Loudoun Imaging Center - Ashburn along with the Reston Hospital Center and StoneSprings Hospital Center.

General X-Ray and Fluoroscopy

X-ray is the fastest and easiest way for a physician to view and assess broken bones. It can also be used to diagnose and monitor the progression of degenerative diseases. Fluoroscopy is a form of diagnostic radiology that enables the radiologist, with the aid of a contrast agent, to visualize the organ or area of concern via the x-ray.

X-Ray and Fluoroscopy procedures are performed at Fair Oaks Imaging Center and Loudoun Imaging Center - Ashburn.