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The McLean Imaging Center is situated on the McLean Hospital campus, located in Belmont, MA. McLean is a major teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School and has been a leader in developing innovative diagnostic and treatment programs in psychiatry and neurology across the lifespan. Research and clinical programs focus on a variety of conditions, including—but not limited to—mood and anxiety disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, personality disorders, developmental disorders (e.g., autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), and neurodegenative disorders (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease). Over the years the Center has grown to be one of the premier imaging sites in the world, offering a rare blend of diagnostic services, cutting edge research, and high quality educational programs in a relatively small hospital setting. Patients enjoy many benefits, including a multidisciplinary approach to clinical care, easy and quick access to three clinical scanners, and staff with decades of professional experience. Belmont’s location makes the Imaging Center easily accessible from a wide range of locations around the Boston metropolitan area.

Types of Scans offered
The McLean Imaging Center offers premier MRI diagnostic scanning. The Center houses three complete physical examination rooms that are also equipped for phlebotomy. Private dressing rooms are available for all patients. There are also three rooms reserved for private subject interviews.

Additionally, because we are affiliated with a world-class research center, we offer a number of state-of-the-art, cutting edge ancillary services that may facilitate diagnosis or help track treatment responses.

Standard Clinical Diagnostic MRI Services:
• MRI of the Brain
• MRI of Spine
• MR Angiography (MRA) of the Brain and Neck
• MR Spectroscopy of Specific Brain Region(s)
• MRI of the Head and Neck
• MRI of Abdomen and Pelvis
• Orthopedic / Musculoskeletal MRI
• I.V. Gadolinium Contrast Studies

We do not currently offer breast MRI, cardiac MRI, or vascular run-off MRI studies.

Specialized Advanced MR Scanning Procedures:
• Functional MRI (fMRI) during neurocognitive task performance
• Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI)
• Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS)
• Proton (1H)
• Phosphorus (31P)
• Lithium (7L)

Please contact us to request any custom specialized services in order to receive a quote.
At the present time, we do not offer ultrasound, CT, X-ray, nuclear medicine, or PET scanning at our site.

Smart Phone/Web-Based Access to Orders and Reports/Images
Referring physicians can access our site via a smart phone, iPad as well as from a desktop or laptop computer by logging in here.

Computer Resources/Image Management
Clinical computing systems include the DICOM image communications software, MRI film printer server, AMICAS image archiving and remote viewing (teleradiology) system, Bytescribe local and remote radiology dictation and transcription system, as well as a large clinical database system which contains all clinical and research report data for MRI scans conducted at the Center since 1988.