MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
Sometimes an MRI is needed to give Dr. Faucett a better understanding of what is injured in the hip or knee. MRIs are strong magnets that can help determine which tissues are normal and which are injured. There is NO radiation exposure with an MRI. The exam can last around 30 minutes long, and you must lay still for that period of time.
Unless Dr. Faucett told you otherwise you should try to schedule your MRI at your convenience. Prior to leaving the office you will be notified if you will require authorization from your insurance company prior to scheduling an MRI. If you do not need authorization or you have been notified of an authorization please call one of the groups below to schedule your MRI. If you don’t know if you need authorization or it has been 5 days from your appointment you can call the office at (202) 770-1447.
Because the hip joint is deep inside your body, Dr. Faucett requests you get a special MRI called a 3T MRI (stronger magnet) to get a more accurate MRI than other magnets. There are only a few radiology groups in the D.C. area that have a 3T magnet. Below is a list of radiology groups that have a 3T magnet (3T). If you have questions please contact Dr. Faucett’s office.
Knee or Other Joint MRI
The knee joint is more superficial so this can be performed on most MRI machines at all radiology imaging centers. If you schedule your MRI with GW Radiology Dr. Faucett will have more timely access to the images and results. If you cannot arrange a convenient time with GW or wish to go to another radiology group that is fine. Below are some radiology groups that Dr. Faucett works with regularly.
CT (Computed Tomography)
A CT creates three dimensional images of specific parts of your body. They are best to look at complex and critical parts of your body such as joints. They also can be helpful to look at complex deformities, fractures, and soft tissues. There is radiation involved with CT scans so this test should be ordering sparingly. Dr. Faucett only orders CT scans when necessary to help with your diagnosis or plan for a successful surgery.
Dr. Faucett’s office has the capability to obtain digital x-rays of your body. These x-rays are key to better understand the position of your body and the presence of an injury such as a ligament tear, cartilage wear or injury, broken (fracture) bones, and many other conditions. Because x-rays do use radiation Dr. Faucett will only use the mimimum x-rays needed. The technicians in his office are highly trained to perform the studies and to limit radiation exposure to the patient.
In some instances Dr. Faucett will purposely stress the knee, hip, or ankle joint while taking an x-ray to see if there is any instability.
Third Party Radiology Groups
Important Reminder: If you go to an outside radiology group, please remember to obtain a CD of the MRI images prior to leaving the office to bring with you to your appointment.
900 23rd Street NW, Washington, DC 20037
Scheduling: (202) 715‐4907
2121 K Street NW, Suite 100 Washington DC
Scheduling: (202) 223‐5211
Progressive Radiology ‐ Foxhall MRI (3T)
3301 New Mexico Avenue, Suite 132,
Washington, D.C. 20016
Scheduling: (202) 966‐0606
Washington Radiology Associates (3T)
2141 K St. NW, Washington, D.C. #100
Scheduling: (202) 785‐4674
4445 Willard Avenue, Chevy Chase
Scheduling: (301) 654‐4242